On November 5, 2013 the voters of Corpus Christi voted against the bond
proposal Destination Bayfront. After doing research for this paper and learning
about the proposal I disagree with the election results. I think that Destination
Bayfront is just what the city of Corpus Christi needs and feel that the benefits of
Destination Bayfront out weigh the cons.
Destination Bayfront was a proposed plan to dramatically up grade the thirty
four acre area along the Corpus Christi Bayfront just south of the downtown area.
The proposal included building a large park that would be sectioned off into nine
different areas with lots of shade and parking. Some of the areas were to include a
boarkwalk along the seawall, a play area for children, ...view middle of the document...
In the end, deed restrictions that were put in place in
the 1930s limited the usage of some of the land along the bayfront. The former
coliseum site falls under these restrictions, limiting the sites usage solely to
government or ornamental purposes. Simply, it can be a park and with the fall of
many of the proposed ideas for the site, one continued forth and evolved not only
into a particular vision for a particular site along Corpus Christi’s bayfront, but also
into a vision for the future of downtown Corpus Christi and the Costal Bend (Willden).
The proposed plan was to build the park in two separate phases in order to
spread the cost out over time. The cost for the building of both phases of the
project was estimated to be $69 million. The first phase of the project totaling $53.3
million and with $8.7 million in additional funding, the bond proposal that went to
vote was for $44.6 million. In order to build the second phase of the park the cost
was going to be $15 million and be through privately raised funds, the $44.6 million
would not be released until the $15 million was raised. What the bond would cost
tax payers is in general a $23 year for every $100,000 of taxable property value. So
if your home is valued at $50,000, you pay approximately $12 more a year or under
$1 a month. Corpus Christi residents over the age of 65 will see zero increase in
their taxes, by virtue of tax exemptions allowed to senior citizens. In addition, other
exemptions apply; for example the disabled veterans exemptions (Desination Bayfront.org).
The cost of Destination Bayfront was a