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Pat Suter, Chair, shared with members a letter printed in the Observer
--a local newspaper -- that brought up something important and overlooked
about the Packery Channel project. Writer R. N. Baldwin asks, "Why is so
much talk of early ‘construction’ phases when the final cost and environmental
impact hasn’t been revealed by the corps of engineers?’"

Answering his own question, he cites the TIF (Tax Increment Financing for the project)
regulations which state in effect that if Packery’s projected cost is more by a certain
percent over the TIF proposed cost, then the TIF is considered null and void,
(Note: That would be the death knell for the project. And mounting evidence indicates
that the project will cost much more than the TIF estimate.)

"However," Baldwin continues, " there is a loophole which, in effect, states: ‘If construction
has already begun, the TIF will continue in force, without another vote being required....
That, dear taxpayers, is the reason --in my opinion-- you are hearing the phrase
‘preliminary construction’ tossed around. It will allow the leaders to throw a few
shovels of sand and call it ‘preliminary construction.’"

Other topics discussed were the City of Corpus Christi’s upcoming controversial proposal
to privatize the Marina, and a survey’s report that the general public does not feel that we
have to protect wetlands.

Frank Hankins, Secretary

 

WATCH THE COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB ON CABLE CHANNEL 10 on
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 8:30PM.  Galaxie Video does an excellent job of
producing the show. 

HELP WANTED -
We could certainly use someone to
prepare the newsletter and work on outings.
We have two offers from members
who have country properties for
us to use for field trips.

                    Important Upcoming Events
    
       Coastal Bend Bays Foundation  -   Fall Calendar
    
    
                    Important Articles and News
       
KEMPS RIDLEY TURTLE UPDATE by Mina Williams &Venice Scheurich
         The Corpus Christi Experiment VX Nerve Agent Disposal by Bill Alling
                
 Should This City Be the Waste Dump
              for Chemical Weapons Residue??
 
                Bill Alling's Letter to The Caller-Times

         GLOBAL WARMING - WHAT MUST BE DONE by Pat Suter - see Feb. 2001 News
        
 Environmentalists are Worried  -by Pat Suter
      CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI DOUBLE STANDARD READY TO UNFOLD by Pat Suter - see November News
        
EMAIL SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON TO EXPRESS YOUR UNFAVORABLE OPINION
ON HER BILL TO DO BEACH RESTORATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT BY DREDGING PACKERY CHANNEL