City considers street honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Dec. 3, 2017 at 9:12 p.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Members of the Old Landmark Committee organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in 2017.

Members of the Old Landmark Committee organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in 2017.   Barclay Fernandez/ for The Victoria Advocate

Port Lavaca. San Antonio. Austin. Houston.

Those are just a few cities in Texas with streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. Victoria, however, is not on that list.

"Why do we not have a street named after Dr. Martin Luther King?" Victoria resident Victor Marshall asked council members at a November meeting.

But that could soon change. During the council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Paul Polasek is planning to discuss renaming one of Victoria's streets to commemorate the civil rights activist, according to city documents. Renaming the street was on the city's list of projects to work on - until Hurricane Harvey hit, Polasek said.

"Staff started working on it and coming up with a list of names," Polasek said at a November meeting. "And that's when the hurricane came."

Marshall, who brought the issue up to the City Council, was one of the first black football players for Victoria College, he said. He remembers when he wasn't allowed to stay in hotels with the other athletes while traveling or sit at the counter of one of Victoria's downtown eateries.

"I can remember those things," he said.

Also Tuesday, the City Council is planning to discuss whether to earmark $714,000 to run the Riverside Golf Course. This comes after the city decided to reject proposals from private companies to run the course and instead run the course itself.

At the last meeting, the City Council voted 3-2 to allow the city manager to sign a lease for 50 golf carts, which would cost about $258,000 over five years.

Although supporters said the carts were necessary for the city to be able to open the golf course in January, some council members voiced concerns about the length of the lease and the fact that the city hasn't yet presented a business plan to run the course.



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