Galveston Voters Reject Fancy $35 Million Stadium

In case you missed the news, Galveston school district voters over the weekend thunderously voted no on a proposal to build a $35 million sports stadium on the island.

The proposed stadium was touted as a way to help rejuvenate Galveston as it tries to recover from Ike, but the plan was rejected by a 2-1 margin, with 7,000 votes cast.

Supporters say they will come back with another plan, presumably a cheaper version.

"We're going back to the drawing board immediately," Johnny Smecca, a member of the pro-stadium political action committee People Advocating Success for Students, told the Galveston County Daily News.

"There's not any hesitation; this is an important issue for Galveston. Let's figure out what everyone can agree to and let's bring that to voters and get this passed so we can move Galveston forward."

Even though Galveston was having races for mayor and city council on the same day, trying to pass a stadium bond in a low-turnout election is always a dicey proposition.

In that mayoral race, former councilman Joe Jaworski won without a runoff. He received large donations from developers George P. Mitchell and Trammell Crow, Jr.

He outpolled his nearest rival by 2-1.

Much of Galveston;s city council will be new, but the old one went out with a bang in their last meeting, the Daily News reported. Councilwoman Susan Fennewald walked out after a dispute with council member Tarris Woods, forcing the meeting to be ended due to a lack of a quorum.

Fennewald left while Woods was talking about the last topic on the short agenda. Fennewald leaned over to Woods, who was discussing items in a presentation regarding the city's federal disaster recovery program, and told him that if he didn't ask a question, and stop making statements, she would leave.

Woods said he didn't care if she walked out, so she did. Before Mayor Pro Tem Danny Weber adjourned the meeting, Woods snapped at Fennewald that he hoped her constituents saw what happened.
Can a new council bring the entertainment like the old one? We'll have to wait and see.

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