Environmental Concerns About Cravey

RECEIVED Sun., April 27, 2008

Dear Editor,
    In your endorsements [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, April 25] you made a good choice for Place 4, but I dispute your assertion that another candidate, Robin Cravey, "has a long track record as an environmental activist (most recently on the Barton Springs Master Plan), and would undoubtedly be a stalwart environmental voice on the dais." Cravey did, indeed, found the group Friends of Barton Springs Pool and establish himself as its first president. He used that office to promote the Barton Springs Master Plan – but that plan is highly controversial (just look at the debate in the message archive on www.groups.yahoo.com/group/bartonsprings). Many of us who swim regularly at the pool fear that the plan, written by architects (Limbacher & Godfrey) and managed by a construction contractor (Tony Arnold), entails way too much gratuitous renovation and new construction that may cause the pool to be closed to the public for extended periods and will permanently alter the bucolic, old-fashioned charm of Barton Springs. We felt the planning process and public input procedure for the Master Plan have been deliberately obfuscated. Since getting the short-term plans for the Master Plan approved (setting taxpayers in debt for $6.5 million), Cravey resigned from his position with FBSP to pursue his political agenda. It leaves us all to bear the brunt of the damages caused by the demolition ball he has set rolling in the direction of Zilker Park.
Karen Kreps
Barton Springs polar bear
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