Pro­posed ma­rina’s lack of land ac­cess raises con­cern

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The mea­sure passed by the com­mis­sion­ers is a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Lower Colorado River Author­ity, which must ap­prove plans for the ma­rina.

“We’re al­ways happy to hear from the com­mis­sion­ers and we ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port on so many is­sues,” LCRA spokes­woman Clara Tuma said. “We’ll take their rec­om­men­da­tion into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Com­mis­sion­ers also said that they must OK the pro­posed ma­rina, and that they were con­cerned about the lack of ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles, not­ing that the plans didn’t com­ply with the in­ter­na­tional fire code.

“The county de­ter­mined that its sub­di­vi­sion reg­u­la­tions ap­ply on the land owned by the de­vel­oper. So the county can ap­ply reg­ula- tory author­ity,” Com­mis­sioner Sarah Eck­hardt said Tues­day.

John Durham, as­sis­tant fire chief for Travis County Emer­gency Ser­vices District No. 6 Lake Travis Fire Res­cue, where the pro­posed ma­rina would be lo­cated, has said the district adopted a fire code that re­quires road ac­ces­si­bil­ity for emer- gency ve­hi­cles and equip­ment. He and nearby res­i­dents said they also were con­cerned about the fact that roads would not reach the ma­rina.

Last week, Jim Richard­son, man­ager of water ser­vice man­age­ment for LCRA, said LCRA of­fi­cials would be­gin a re­view of the ma­rina pro­posal af­ter a Jan. 4 dead­line to re­ceive writ­ten com­ments about the project.

The pro­posal is a scaled-back ver­sion of a plan for a re­sort that would have in­cluded float­ing homes. Af­ter pub­lic op­po­si­tion, county com­mis­sion­ers last year banned new float­ing hab­it­able struc­tures on Lake Travis, and last fall, LCRA of­fi­cials banned float­ing homes on most High­land Lakes, in­clud­ing Travis. they will need fel­low med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als such as a anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and a sur­gi­cal cen­ter to do­nate its ser­vices as well.

Even be­fore peo­ple read about Bolaños’ story in Sea­son for Car­ing and be­gan to of­fer help, Bolaños al­ways has re­mained op­ti­mistic.

“I have faith in God that ev­ery­thing will work out,” she said. “I just want to walk again, be able to cook for my­self and go back to vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing oth­ers.”

While Bolaños’ big­gest need is the knee surgery, she would like help with clean­ing ser­vices, gift cards to H-E-B, Wal-Mart and Tar­get, Cap­i­tal Metro bus passes and cloth­ing.

For more about Bolaños or to do­nate to her wish list, con­tact Fam­ily El­der­care, 4500844, www.fam­i­lyelder­ was right,” Van Win­kle said. “He fol­lowed the law, even if he didn’t al­ways like where that ended.”

One of a hand­ful of lawyers around the court­house Lynch knows isn’t a fan of his is de­fense at­tor­ney Jon Evans, with whom Lynch had a dis­pute over com­pen­sa­tion in a death penalty case years ago. Ask Evans and you’ll get col­or­ful but un­print­able re­sponses.

Lynch knows you can’t please them all.

“I know Jon is still un­happy with me about a mat­ter that oc­curred a num­ber of years ago and I’m sorry he feels that way,” Lynch said.

For his part, Lynch is just ready to look back on a ca­reer that turned out to be much more var­ied than he’d planned. He ini­tially thought he’d be a de­fense lawyer his whole ca­reer. Didn’t work out that way.

“I can’t tell you which job I en­joyed more,” he said. “I did each one at the right time.” per-acre-foot of water in the plan would be $205. Right now, it costs cities and power plants $151 an acre-foot for avail­able dur­ing drought. De­salin­iza­tion projects and com­pre­hen­sive ground­wa­ter pump­ing and pip­ing projects cost far more, start­ing at $1,260 per acre-foot.

With an eye on the fu­ture, McCluskey also rec­om­mended that the LCRA close a deal on land near Ea­gle Lake, in Colorado County. The LCRA an­nounced it was look­ing at that par­cel in Au­gust.

María González Bolaños, 71, has trou­ble walking and needs knee surgery.

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