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Mar 10 2011

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Fingers Project drawing controversy

By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.

An item not even listed on the agenda took front and center as the primary topic from Tuesday night’s commissioners meeting in Port Isabel. Nearly 20 citi­zens made statements both for and against the project in the Fingers.

This has been an item that has been front and center in previous meetings, and this time the public came out to speak directly to the city.

“I don’t want any part of government being on my land and telling me what to do,” said David Crumble.

David Swinson chimed in with similar tones: “I can­not accept that we should have to pay a developer for our own land.”

Others were quick to point out other views, such as Gabriel Vanounou, who owns substantial amounts of land in the area of con­cern.

“People are looking at this all wrong,” said Vanou­nou, “we are talking about looking to find ways to do this. I own 15 acres on the water so this affects me as much as anyone. We have a group here that is in oppo­sition and I understand that they don’t want to pay for it. Well, I don’t want to pay for it either, but attorneys have made it clear that this is simply a conversation and I wish people would understand that.”

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