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Kelly Naschke

If the council members remove all personal bias and follow the law, this decision will make itself. This has turned into an issue of emotion and opinion. Simple solution.....follow the law.

Ellen Morrison

Then that would be voting to retain the easements, based upon the 2-prong methodology exposed by the City Attorney, Mr. Don Glywalsky (apologies if I misspelled his name).

Bill Cochrane

Terrilyn Tarlton,
Please vote to abandon the city right of ways of on the Perrotto beach issue.
Fact is, the city gave up the right of ways many years ago, they just "can't find" the paperwork.
And, the city administrators admit there is absolutely no reason the city
will ever need the rights of way.
Some say that it is the citizen’s property and should not be given away. WRONG. The property is NOT public. It is owned by the Perrotto family.
This is not a right of way issue. It is not about the “VIEW”.
It is about development. Since this vote is probably the most important you will make in your last term, please vote your conscience and vote to allow development is this otherwise pitiful area of the seawall, both north and south.

Ron Binkley

"Opponents of such development worry about blocked views"........This is a weak excuse that everybody in every city and town uses and it is rarely valid. If I built a 30 story condo with a great view you can be sure another bigger condo building will eventually be built blocking my great view. I've seen dozens of times on the West End a beach house is built right in front of another beach house blocking it's view. It has to d with land rights. The right thing for the city to do is officially abandoned the right of away and let the developer built something that will hopefully make Galveston proud and bring in a lot of tax money that we all will benefit from. If the abandonment goes through, will someone PLEASE make duplicate copies and save them in the cloud, safety deposit box or in an old mayonnaise jar under the Mayor's house so we never have this issue again?

Bill Broussard

If the abandonment goes through you can safely bet we will have the very same issue again. Every developer who could care less about surge protection and Seawall integrity will be in front of council demanding abandonment as their right by precedent or they’ll sue

I have a very difficult time understanding how the acoe would even consider permitting this construction just as congress is about to sign away billions in flood mitigation for Galveston to the Corps. Seems totally outrageous to permit construction just in front of a Seawall that’s going to get billions more to finish it out. This is not just a bunch of plywood like the bamboo hut and subject to a quick wash over

Bill Cochrane

Bill, Since you have been made privy of the developers plans, would you mind sharing where I could take a look? I may change my mind?

Lisa Blair

Bill, look at the Planning Commission agenda section on the city’s website. January 9th. The staff report contains a preview of the plans for the project.

Bill Cochrane

Lisa, I found the information. Broussard is correct in that it "is not a bunch of plywood like the Bamboo Hut". But that's a GOOD thing. This is going to be a world class boardwalk and development. Worth millions in property tax revenue and sales tax and hotel tax going to the City of Galveston. It is crazy that even the sight police are against it. It's going to be beautiful.

Lisa Blair

I think so too. 😊

Don Schlessinger

Bill, if that's what you think you probably need to replace the tobacco in your pipe. IMHO. That's a joke ladies.

Bill Broussard

I think we have much more important concerns than “sight police” by a very big margin and to say it’s sight police is simply a very poor attempt to demean and minimize. That’s like if I said “ that’s what GALVESTON needs, one more dollar store” as a rediculous way to demean a much broader development plan. It’s certianly much more than a dollar store and construction in front of the Seawall is much more than “sight police” just how much more money does this town need before we’ve mortgaged the quality of living here for traffic and storm jeopardy? Seems to me we are doing very well compared to the seventy years I’ve lived here before. More taxes? All I see in Bonn’s debt and huge salaries for an overstuffed city hall. Sorry but sight police is pure bs

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