CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas General Land Office approved a $1.75 million grant for a new parking lot to be built at Bob Hall Pier, according to a press release from Nueces County.
Scott Cross, Nueces County Coastal Parks Director, said the new parking lot will provide more space for visitors for a fraction of the upkeep.
"The great thing about this new parking lot for the new Bob Hall Pier construction is that we'll be able to have more parking spaces than the old parking lot with a whole lot less maintenance," Cross said.
Cross added that the engineering crew is already on board for the project.
"Since I already have my engineering done, we can go right to procurement and get going on it really, really quick. So yeah, I mean, this, this project will happen pretty fast," Cross said.
He adds that there was a lot of controversy over the placement of the parking lot and what would provide the best results for visitors.
"I came up with this plan. I thought it was a good alternative. And I've looked at it a billion different ways, just waiting to find a fatal flaw in the plan. And I have not been able to find a flaw yet," Cross said.
Part of his plan even evaluates tide-driven sand concerns.
"We're always dealing with that trying to keep it clear," Cross said. "Anytime we had any kind of tropical storm would come in, we'd have to shut one half off, clear the sand, open it up and go to the other half. And so this is going to eliminate it."
With the parking lot only being 60 feet away from the pier, it allows for ADA parking and access.
"We want to make sure that the pier and everything on the pier is fully accessible. This is going to check all those boxes," Cross said.
Nueces County Commissioners are expected to discuss the formal acceptance of the grant in a scheduled court meeting later this month.
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