Citizens...Right up until Council's final vote everyone was hoping they would vote with the people as witness in the remarks below. However, Council did not support Hampton residents with their vote. Apparently, our Hampton City leadership was not listening, because clearly you told them what you wanted! Their "best judgement" is questionable! See special message to citizens in the speech below. Thank you.
January 24 2007
SPEECH TO COUNCIL-Final Vote
Mayor Kearney, Vice Mayor Gilliland, Council, Mr. Wallace, Ms. Hudson
Nearly two years ago I stood before Council and voiced opposition to the adoption of the 2005 Buckroe Beach Master Plan because it called for selling the public waterfront property fronting the Buckroe Bay Front known as Lots B.
My recommendation to Council was to not approve the plan at that time, but rather give it careful consideration and further research.
Addressing this issue tonight is proof that you listened to my request, and I thank you.
That being said, I rest assured that you have collected more than enough information to use your best judgment and to make a sound decision in this matter.
I wish to take the remainder of my time to thank all of the people who have in one way or another supported the efforts to protect the public property at the Bay Front.
The Green Space Ladies offer special thanks to all of the more than 12,000 petition signers, to the more than 60 businesses who carried the petition or who allowed us to conduct petition drives at your site, to all the people who live in places across our country who have been touched by Buckroe at one time or another in their lives who took the time to participate in our City’s issue to protect a special place.
Thank you for participating in the City sponsored meetings, for all of your emails and phone calls to our City staff and to our Council, for your letters and articles in the newspaper, and for your personal emails and words of encouragement throughout the past two years.
You are the real champions in any successful outcome we may have tonight.