Parker House decision looms over election

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

When asked, she said that while she didn’t know if the settlement was fair, she favored progress over litigation.

 “The only information to say that the settlement is unfair is coming from the contractor,” said Castro. “Let’s settle and move forward.”

Castro has encouraged the council to consider whether the cost of litigation could outweigh the costs of the new city hall.

Castro said her main concern was that the current bid price from Cathey Construction is more than the city can afford after two years of upkeep.

“We need to stop and ask if it makes sense to spend what appears to be a million dollars on a city hall for six employees that most citizens will never go to,” said Castro. “Is that what our taxpayers need?”

Castro said she was concerned that the new city hall wouldn’t have public space available. She expressed that Mexico Beach is already in need of a building for special events.

During a workshop last month citizens expressed confusion on why a 3,200 square foot city hall was even needed.

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