Centennial Place. The greatest challenge is for the removal of the water and power plants to create Centennial Place in a way that benefits the residents. This must include full remediation of hazardous and toxic wastes above ground, in the soil, and in the water.
What replaces them needs to feature open sightlines to the ocean; no high rise buildings! I would like to see the 35 acres redeveloped to include ocean-related venues such as an educational science museum, aquarium, a marina with restaurants.
First Responders. I want the council to make sure that these groups—police, firefighters, EMTs, etc.— are being paid salary and benefits that are commensurate to those in similar jurisdictions.
Parking. There have been many suggestions for improving parking on beach side. I am firmly opposed to parking meters. I do think that we should institute parking similar to Sexton Drive and Humiston Park, which would include construction of a median along Cardinal Drive. Also we need to keep reminding hotel and restaurant owners that they should provide and encourage the use of employee parking that is not located on Ocean Drive or Cardinal Drive
I’d love to hear from you. Write me at Estelle4Vero@gmail.com