Clearwater's "homeless" promenade
Clearwater City Councilman Paul Gibson calls it a “waterfront park for the homeless.” Vice Mayor George Cretekos wants to scrap it. But unfortunately for them, they just don’t have the votes to kill a contract that would pay Tampa-based Misener Marine Construction $1.48-million to build a promenade along the downtown bayfront.
The issue came up during Monday’s City Council work session as members talked briefly about approving the contract. So far, only Gibson has adamantly opposed it as well as more than 130 boat slips that are supposed to be off to the promenade’s side. But it looked like the project was in danger for a few tense moments Monday until council members John Doran and Carlen Petersen and Mayor Frank Hibbard - who championed the entire project – said they would support it. In the end, the other two council members decided to drop the issue, realizing they didn’t have enough votes to stop it.
- Mike Donila, Times Staff Writer