By JOE R. BOWLING JR.
Legislation was filed in Austin, Thursday that, if passed, will have an impact on the Modern Venice Project. In a statement released by State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. he says that this could “pave the way for new jobs and much needed Infrastructure in the Modern Venice portion of Port Isabel.” Some residents, within the area affected by this bill, have been vocal as this piece of legislation has been constructed. Several times at recent meetings there have been requests to at least see the proposed bill.
“All we have asked is to at least see it,” said Port Isabel Resident Paula Russ, “and we even asked to see it the day before it was filed but got no response.”
The statement read that, at the request of the Port Isabel City Commission, State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and State Rep. René Oliveira both filed bills to create the Port Isabel Improvement District No. 1. ”This bill represents an economic regeneration opportunity for the City of Port Isabel,” Senator Lucio said.” At the same time, the District will ensure accountability, city oversight and public input from property owners.
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