Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hopeful Developers look for county support

Proposed Isla Blanca project would include an aquarium, a marine science center, IMAX Theater/National Geographic complex, marine art museum, condo hotel, restaurants, etc. County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa tells developers that "the Island community must have a voice in the proposed development."

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6 Comments:

Anonymous other nancy m said...

the VMS article makes the point that "much of the planning was based around income from a casino" which they can't, at this time, have. Also, traffic over the bridge soundslike an issue. Interesting -- wonder how it ties in with the new business association involving Wells, Brashear, Alford, Fasshold(spelling?). Can't all be coincidence, can it?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I agree and wonder the same, Nancy. Perhaps it is time to have an opinion survey of all those nice Winter Texans about what they think before they leave. My understanding is that if approved, the County would lease or sell about 450 acres of land used by Winter Texans and a whole bunch of local folks - for gambling casinos that aren't even legal. It would all be plowed down, privatized and commercialized. If that is progress I'm eating my hat.

Let's put it up to a County referendum vote and a SPI referendum vote and let the winner win. If the venture loses both votes, then the consortium has to abide by an agreement not to attempt to develop the property for 10 years.

Right now it's the people's property, folks. Your's and mine. Let's do it today and get this over with.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you who live (and vote) in SPI and Cameron County: I hope you will do all you can to stop the proposed Isla Blanca development. The whole thing reeks. Some of those developer types will not rest until the entire Island is "developed" and ruined for the rest of us.

Thanks,
Longtime Visitor (Island Wannabe)

3:43 PM  
Anonymous TomS said...

What a terrible idea!I know that Cameron COunty is hard up for money, but selling off or otherwise tying up its recreational assets is not the way to go. If I want things like that I will stay home in California. Believe me, there are other places where the development being considered is done better than it would ever be dreamed about being done in Cameron County. I visit and own property on Padre to enjoy a laid back Gulf Coast beach experience,not to experience some redneck vision of entertainment.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Brian Mikiten said...

I have mixed emotions about this one. On the one hand, it isn't a casino. I know that the area will be developed at some point. They can't afford to keep this much real esate in the current state. On the other hand, it is just another step in too many people, no control of natural resources and a general lack of planning. The infrastructure won't support it.

Brian

9:47 PM  
Blogger Duane Higginbotham said...

I might have brought this up before. What is a city, town or even a county? To me it is a collection of individual residents who come together to collectively provide for all residents what they cannot provide for themselves. This should be limited to things like roads, utilities and safety. When the city or county becomes a living breathing entity, it serves itself, and not the residents. It wants more and more so that it can do more and more. Does the county really need more money? Probably, either to keep funding things they should not have begun in the first place or to start projects they shouldn’t.

9:00 AM  

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