Sunday, February 22, 2009

Padre Island Bathhouse A Disaster

The much vaunted bath house on Padre Island has been closed for some time now. It seems it is falling apart and will be very expensive to repair, or more likely, to replace.
This is just another example of the squandering of tax money by our local elected officials. Folks who have been here for any length of time know that the Island always wins when it comes to the battle to maintain beachfront structures.
This gaudy bathhouse, which opened in 2002, cost about a million bucks to build.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Chuck Cazalas has an office in the building. It seems that Commissioner Cazalas, and the other commissioners, have really let down their constituents by failing to monitor and proceed with upkeep on the building which may be too far damaged to rebuild.
According to news reports a leaky water pipe caused the floors to rot out to the point of collapse. That seems to be something that could have been prevented with just a modicum of maintenance.
The commissioners set aside some $240,000, taken from bond money, to put toward repairs. This may be a woefully inadequate amount.The bath house demonstrates a lack of responsibility for the proper use of public money.

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