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redhot.gif (1175 bytes)   Important Upcoming Events

OUR NEXT SIERRA CLUB MEETING IS TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2002  
Time:  11:15 for Lunch; 12:15   Business Meeting
Place:  Art Community Center, 100 Shoreline

Topics for Discussion: The environmental assessment for gas drilling
                                             by BNP on Padre Island Seashore and

                                            The Landry Carnival Proposal for the Lawrence Street T-Head

The city council will discuss and vote (?) at city council meeting on the 16th after 2 p.m.


redhot.gif (1175 bytes)EARTH DAY April 20      Hazel Bazemore Park from 9 am. Plans for our booth
      will be finalized at the meeting.

redhot.gif (1175 bytes)COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP April 20
       free - at Del Mar College at Room 433 in the White Library, East Campus
       This workshop will look into effects of toxics on our community. It is no cost,
       includes lunch, but you need to make a reservation byt the 17th at 1-888-683-5963. The
       speakers are coming from LSU.


PACKERY CHANNEL HAS REARED ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN.
I went to a
planning commission hearing last Wednesday night and Tom Utter told them that
the EIS is due immediately. The commission met until after 10:30 pm when I
went home begore voting to give a building permit to the city. The city
still must get a dune permit from the county which they expect to get on
Thursday the 18th.
- Pat Suter
              

See The Observer on-line for more.

Pat Suter, Chair, conducted the meeting;. Topics discussed included candidates in upcoming
elections, Earth Day on April 20, the proposed Corpus Christi Bayfront projects, and Packery Channel.

Pat reported that the Treasury stands at $6,236, and that the Annual Garage Sale at the
Suter home (1002 Chamberlain) will be Saturday March 23. (Please bring articles for sale
on Friday, March 22.) Earth Day activities will be at Hazel Bazemore Park. More on this next month.

The Corpus Christi City Council will consider on March 19 two proposals for developing the Bayfront,
and will take public comments. On March 26 they may make a decision. Members were enjoined to
speak out at the March 19 Council meeting. (Pat has written about the projects in the
Feb. 15 Observer. Plans can be seen on www.observercc.com

Pat made a detailed report on a presentation made by an official of the U.S Corps of Engineers on the
status of the Packery Channel project. Summary: The design is 95 percent completed. The original
$30 Million projected cost has not been changed (Ed. Note – despite adding more dredging than in
the original plan). Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in March, 2002, with Final EIS in
May If the schedule holds (unlikely), work on the rock jetties would be done in 2003, the dredging
in ’04 and early ’05. Websites for more information: Packery.com, observer.cc.com, Coastal Bend Sierra Club.

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.