While public comment was scheduled right off the bat at 8:30 AM, Sepulveda pulled a switcheroo by calling first an item from Page 5 of the agenda from ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND ACTION, Item "D," to establish a property assessed clean energy program(PACE). That discussion took 90 minutes.
Next, the appointed, temporary judge asked for those with public comment NOT about Annova LNG's request for tax abatement to go first. Those three comments were allowed to considerably transgress the 3 minute limit, taking another half hour.
Finally, well past 10:30 AM, public comment about Annova's request could begin, but Sepulveda had another trick up his sleeve. He suggested that the 20 who had signed up to speak against the tax abatement be reduced to "3 or 4" to avoid "repetition of ideas." Sepulveda found no enthusiasm for his gimmick and proceeded as planned.
A Port Isabel resident in the bait business explained that Coast Guard regulations required LNG transport ships be given a wide birth of 2 miles in front, 1 mile behind and 1,000 feet on either side. He explained that during the entrance or exit of an LNG vessel into the ship canal, bait fishing and shrimping would be interfered with for up to 5 hours.
|Josh Ballenger Reads Pro-Annova Testimonials|
|2nd Floor Courtroom, Dancy Building for Public Comment|