Monday, June 27, 2016

SIKES-KLINE: Oppose Waterfront Condos Destroying Working Waterfront

Kudos to Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline for opposing on first reading conversion of part of our historic working waterfront to fancy-bears condos.

The proposal passed first reading June 27th by vote of 4-1 (Commissioner Sikes-Kline dissenting).

It will go to second reading, where it will be hashed out with a public hearing on July 11, 2016.

Please come join us, in support of preserving and protecting our comprehensive plan and City's history, culture and nature.

Commissioner Sikes-Kline pointed out that the comprehensive plan change would alter the character of our "precious" and limited working waterfront, asking whether her colleagues supported "condos with yachts," instead of current working waterfront with industrial uses.

The shrimping and boat-building industries have long been a backbone of St. Augustine's economy for more than a century -- providing jobs and nautical flavor.

Vice Mayor Roxanne Horvath concurred with Commissioner Sikes-Kline and Mayor Shaver said she made good points.

Commission's decision will be cited as a precedent for those who want to convert Ribertia Street into homes for millionaires and billionaires.

I strongly agree with Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline and Vice Mayor Roxanne Horvath. The Sebastian River is a working waterfront, as our comprehensive plan requires.

The nature and character of our City are at stake.

Come speak out on July 11, 2016.

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