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so they do have money $$$$$ and not the -$$$ they say they have[sleeping]

Margarita Sims

Not sure we want more buildings on the beach?

Jim Casey

"Imagine a Stewart Beach that includes a raised boardwalk, restaurants and retail shops..."

Imagine a pile of splintered wood and rubble 20 feet high and a mile long after the next hurricane.

You don't need to imagine it, I'm sure photos of the post-Ike devastation are available online.

- Jim


wannabe Fertitta builds wannabe kemah boardwalk to line pocket with 10k gold

Kevin Martin

It might be a good idea. I can rmember when you had a roller rink and a carnival. Those were good times.

You also had a pool bar, water slide and bumper boats all around that area in the early 80's through the mid 90's. Then, when you got hungry, you could walk right over to Christie's Beachcomber for a wonderful lunch/dinner.

However, that's when true local's ran it and it was very cost friendly. You let people like Fertitta, that think their local's, in and it will turn into some tourist trap just like everything else he puts his hands on.

Yea Yea, I know Fertitta was born here but has done nothing but made this city into some sort of tourist trap. I'm a 3rd grneration BOI and know how he operates. His food is horrible and his service is worse. He is, and always will be a crook.

Jim Casey

" I can rmember when you had a roller rink and a carnival....
You also had a pool bar, water slide and bumper boats all around that area in the early 80's through the mid 90's."

Where are they now?

I can think of several explanations. I don't know which is correct in any case.
- They were mismanaged.
- They were undercapitalized (which is a polite term for "went broke).
- They were destroyed by a tropical storm.
- Customers just found other places to spend their money.

The misquoted phrase, "If you build it they will come," simply is not true. Any business has to be in the right place, at the right time, in the right market (that is, customer base), and managed well.

- Jim

Ron Shelby

Sounds wonderful but that should be built on the seawall, not on the beach. Depending upon the extent of building, the insurance costs could be excessive. FEMA picked up a lot of cost for city and county repairs after Ike but there is no guarantee they will do it again.

Christopher Webber

We are "year one" into a seven year fiasco known as Charge for Seawall Parking. The way the ordinance was worded and approved by voters it automatically expires seven years after the first dollar is collected. In order to be renewed it has to be voted on and approved at the polls. I will vote against it. The money is not being used as promised. 75% was to be spent on improvements, 15% hold back for maintenance and 10% administrative costs. If they do not hold the election to renew it - then it goes away automatically. We were lied to. Using the money for purposes other than the voted ones could be called misappropriation.

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