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North Beach redevelopment: Task force unveils solutions to flooding, erosion problems

A $40 million canal stretched across 6,387 feet in the middle of North Beach would change the face of the peninsula for the better, a Dallas developer said.

The canal would fix the area's long-standing problems with drainage and flooding, while spurring significant redevelopment, said Jeff Blackard, who is leading the redevelopment project.

Plan for North Beach redevelopment that would include a $40 million canal and 10 bird habitat artificial islands
Plan for North Beach redevelopment that would include a $40 million canal and 10 bird habitat artificial islands (Photo: Contributed by Jeff Blackard)

Plan for North Beach redevelopment that would include a $40 million canal and 10 bird habitat artificial islands (Photo: Contributed by Jeff Blackard)

The first step, however, will be getting the city's approval for a North Beach reinvestment zone to help fund maintenance and parking for the project area.

The City Council is expected to hear about it as early as next week.

The developer said funding for the $40 million canal project would come from multiple sources but not elaborate.

"They have to really, really, really try hard to find that funding," said Paulette Kluge, Visit Corpus Christi chief executive officer.

Kluge said the proposal, if it becomes a reality, would be "a game changer" for Corpus Christi. The redevelopment would help bring millions of tourists, who would spend money in the area.

"That area really needs to be developed and fix the drainage problem we've had on North Beach forever," she said.  

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Blackard is part of the North Beach Infrastructure Task Force, which was formed in April 2018, to address infrastructure problems in that part of Corpus Christi.

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