Special to the PRESS
I have a question: what is the update on the Yacht Club? I know it was sold to a private individual. I come to Port Isabel several times a year for extended periods and have always made a visit to see the building. The first time I was I there I got to eat in the restaurant and found it fascinating.
But now it is in a sad state. I first have to say shame, shame, shame on the city for not doing more when it owned it. It was given money to start fixing it and they absconded, sorry, used the money for something else, which now has to be paid back, instead of doing something for the club. Then they turned down an investor who wanted and had the funds to put in back in order. They turned him down cause they got greedy and finally had to sell it for nearly half of what he was offering.
So now it sits empty and deteriorating. I’m sure, or at least I hope, they are working on funding, but you would think they would at least board up windows and doors to mitigate the damage being done and do something for the roof to stop the leaks.
My prediction is that it will sit, just like it is, going downhill, till the owners say they can’t fix it, or worse, someone burns it down. Then the owners will get to build condos on the land and make a million. Perhaps that was the plan all along.
My wife and I are setting our sights on moving our family from Central Texas to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. We’re drawn to the public schools, the relaxed lifestyle, the outdoors and the water. We support the proposed Rio Grande LNG project because we recognize the economic benefits and job opportunities it will generate for our family and many others.
Currently, I manage a construction materials manufacturing facility in the Hill Country and would like to do similar work on the construction of this $17 billion LNG facility. My wife dreams of opening a small restaurant, which would benefit from the influx of new residents and workers drawn to the area.
We’re planning to put down roots, buy a home and enroll our young children in the local public schools. We’re looking forward to joining the community and to being among the local residents who will benefit from the economic growth that Rio Grande LNG will bring.
Kieth and Maygensin Witt
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