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08/03/05

Long Beach Moves Ahead With Condo Projects

Long Beach aldermen approved sketch plans for three high rise condominium projects Tuesday night. They also gave preliminary plat approval for another high rise condo project.

The controversial vote came after an hour of public comment. Fifteen of the 17 people who spoke said they oppose high rise condos.

"Why are we being punished? How would you like to live on White Harbor Road? I live two houses away, and I'm going to be looking at five 180-foot concrete slabs," resident Melva McBride said.

"This is kind of an undiscovered area. It's probably the only area I've ever been that you could really see the Gulf. I said, 'Well, if I'm hopeful, this will never become Miami Beach," Karl Smith said.

"Do me a favor. Do what's right, and what we put you in the offices for, and see if we can get some tax revenue for the city instead of having to worry about what's going to happen to the city," Karen Livingood said.

"It is imperative that you really listen and do what's best for the affected areas. Please listen to the people in these wards, for these people are the most and worst impacted. They don't want high rises," Martita Pierce said.

There is still a court challenge pending to stop the construction of high rise condos in Long Beach.

By the way, the projects were narrowly approved Tuesday night with just four of the seven aldermen voting in favor of the developments.

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