Advocate editorial board opinion: City should turn focus on preparing for future
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.
Updated Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.
The resignation of Assistant City Manager Bruce Ure and the differences of opinion that surfaced between he and City Manager Charmelle Garrett are unfortunate.
We won't weigh in on who was right or wrong, or what should have been done or not done, but we do want to urge our city to get past this and move on.
While saying we should move on, we also want to make it clear that we respect Ure and Garrett for their leadership. Right now, however, much is at stake for our community and well-being.
Victoria should be the most important factor for our city government's time and attention.
Within that concern for our city lies a bright future. Already, the Eagle Ford shale is creating a boom with jobs in trucking, drilling and more. This large shale deposit deep in the Earth promises to give up gas and oil for many years to come.
Our Port of Victoria is seeing increased traffic because of our industrial growth.
And the addition of Caterpillar Inc. in our community also has spurred growth, as associated businesses move to our area to accommodate the huge machinery company.
Our University of Houston-Victoria continues to grow, too, as construction on a new dormitory called Jaguar Suites begins next year. And future plans call for another academic building.
Our downtown has been improved and also qualified for an urban Main Street city.
Flaunting our history attracts many tourists, and with a beautiful downtown chock full of historical sites and activities, as well as entertainment, we expect tourism to be on the rise.
New apartment complexes are being introduced, as well as a new hotel. The demand for lodging is prompting this growth.
And street projects continue throughout the city, making a drive through Victoria pleasant and accommodating.
Meanwhile, the city is preparing heritage signs and another gateway entry, such as Keep Victoria Beautiful has done with two other entries into the city.
All of these wonderful things are happening to our city. We should keep focused on preparing for a bright future.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.