The Fort Worth Neighborhood Association located on the Northwest shoreline of Lake Worth.
ARE THE PEOPLE FROM THE CITY WHO ARE MAKING THE DECISIONS ELECTED TO OFFICE OR APPOINTED ? IF THEY DONT LIVE ON THE LAKE OR IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, I THINK THEY SHOULD LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE MOST EFFECTED.
I want people to enjoy Lake Worth and the property they aquire here.My view is beyond tax issues and property. The water contained here belongs to everyone in Fort Worth. Structures we erect beyond our shore do not belong to us. If we are allowed to keep our water structures by Fort Worth citizens, that is good. But if these structures impede maintaining this reservoir, then they are subject to be taken by the city. I am for the greater good as it grows explosively in Tarrant County. Water demands now on the Trinity River are becoming scary.If water structures get in the way of getting Lake Worth deep again to gather more water, then anything extending past the shoreline on properties will have to be removed temporarily. That's the cost of living on the shores of a public water resource.And that is the side I am obligated to take as a privileged Lake Worth property owner. Best regards.Gary Abshire
I appreciate your interest, but the facts are somewhat different:1) The dredging is not to increase the storage of the lake. It is to increase the recreational use of the lake. The CIIP has targeted the shallowest part of the lake so that boating is less hazardous. Most of the silt is in the deeper parts of the lake (e.g. near the dam). These areas are not under consideration for dredging. Moreover, the lake only has 4' of storage from full conservancy to 1' above the Water Department pipe inlet. No matter how deep the lake is dredged, it will have not effect on the storage.2) Docks are not interfering with the dredge. Even at 100' out, docks barely reach into the lake. Dredging efforts do not reach into the zone where dock lie.3) Structures that we erect beyond the shore do belong to us. Go read your deed.Thanks for your interest.
I know you guys want to make your killing developing Lake Worth, but you will be making it impossible for the "old timers" around the lake to afford the property taxes to live here. I've seen what they've built on Heron and I don't want it here. Their neighbors across the street now have a beautiful view of a McMansion instead of the lake or some tasteful lakehouse that doesn't completely obstruct their view of the lake.Go make a fortune exploiting some other place, leave Lake Worth alone. The city has been good to us and I support them.
Go Gary! Here are my comments again (expanded and edited) from above. know you would like to make a killing developing Lake Worth, but you will be making it impossible for the "old timers" around the lake to afford the property taxes to live here. We’ve been here all our lives and we like it just the way it is. The city has been more than fair and very good to the leaseholders and I appreciate all their efforts.I’m motivated by a love for lakeworth that can only come from growing up and living on its shore for most of my life. I enjoy watching the people from town come here and bring their entire families to play in our parks. It gets crowed at times, but I’ve always thought that it comes with the territory and since I get to have it all to myself most days, I’m happy that it’s open to people who can’t afford to go anywhere else. It’s the CITY’s lake and you should be grateful that you even get to enjoy it at all.I've seen what they've built on Heron and I don't want it here. The neighbors across the street (who’ve lived there for decades) now have a beautiful view of a McMansion instead of the lake or some tasteful lakehouse that doesn't completely obstruct their view. I bet those guys made a lot of MONEY though. I believe that is what you are really after and believe you have no interest in your neighbor’s quality of life.Go make a fortune exploiting some other place, leave Lake Worth alone. The city has been good to us and I support them.Ronda M. Fulfer
It appears to me the city has a hidden agenda. The $2000/day fine would be more appropriate for a multi-million dollar corporation rather than a homeowner. If you couldn't conform to the new code within 2 months there goes your $120,000 home! Or could it be their real aim is to remove all docks by gradually imposing ever more restrictive ordanences so that no one will be able to have a dock - e.g. Lake Grapevine.This might make it easier and cheaper to dredge the lake.
This is so typical of a few individuals wanting to dictate policy for the majority. And of course there is the governments complicity, who ignores the steering committees recommendations, and uses those individuals complaints to further its own agenda. Those who complain about someone's right to do this or that help perpetuate the government's suppression of everyone's rights. There were none of these proposed restrictions when those people bought or leased their property. But now they want to change the rules to suit their own selfish interests and reduce the enjoyment of everyone else who lives on the lake. Obviously if they don't like the lake as it was originally purchased, they bought the wrong property and need to find another lake with the restrictions they desire.
For the families who have spent 40-50 years living on the lake, it does not seem fair that now they are finally allowed to purchase the very land their homes set on, but suddenly the rules regarding their docks and use of the lake should change. It takes tremendous faith in the system to build your entire life and fortune on leased property that only holds a promise of someday having the opportunity to purchase the lot. These are residents who have paid their taxes no different than all the rest of the Fort Worth citizens. How is it fair that now there is this political vision for expanded wealth coming from the lake and the residents who have toughed it out for half a century are the exspendable ones who get no voice in the matter? These people took a "leap of faith" to agree to build their homesteads on land that was owned by the city but considered rural and remote and unuseable. They are the ones who went without city services and streets and fire and police protection. All the while, the city sat back and collected tax and lease revenue that should have been re-invested in the future of the lake.
Who is really behind these restrictions? What qualifications do the people on the city staff have for determining dock restrictions and who appointed them? Are they acting on behalf of some special interest group? Maybe we need to hire an investigator to see if there is a conflict of interest going on here. Are they being paid off or otherwise forced to implement these restrictions by someone who wants to see all docks removed or influenced by someone who doesn’t like his neighbors dock?At the very least, maybe we could get the news media to interview each of the staff and explain why they had to revise the provisions and terms, each time making them more restrictive. Do they have a vendetta against the home owners association? WFAA.com had an internet article Nov 10 about Lake Worth docks that didn't even mention the $2,000 per day fine.Whatever the reason is it’s definitely not their absurd excuse for improving water quality. Once we find out what the real reason is maybe we can take action to counter their oppressive restrictions.
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