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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas rnas j. CivicjdiscordConvention study results prompt mixed reactions from city officials By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A consulting firm’s suggestion that a new anchor hotel would be critical for a downtown con-vention center provoked a wide range of reactions Tuesday. “It's a pretty grandiose idea," said Dan Henry, New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association past president. “I’m not saying it’s a bad proposal, but the association suggested expanding the existing civic center and building a new parking garage three years ago.” A $60,000 study presented Monday to the New Braunfels City Council showed the city ranked above others as a desirable convention destination. Bill Krueger with Conventions, Sports and Leisure said a $14 mil lion to $20 million multipurpose facility with a nearby hotel would be needed to successfully compete for the state’s convention business. CSL was hired in February to study New Braunfels’ convention industry after council couldn’t decide whether to build a new civic center or expand the existing civic center. A state-of-the-industry facility would require at least 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of ballroom space and 6,000 to 8,000 square feet of meeting space, Krueger said. “But a full-service hotel within walking distance to the civic center facility would be a critical factor,” Krueger said. See STUDY, Page 4A COURTING COMP||piO|p A study on how New Braunfels should proceed in the convention business ew civic center a major hotel within walking distance, but some in the industry say there’s no room for another inn. Comfort V SUITES DAYS INNHodeway ClVlg Edelweiss(//amp ton j _ c    (/nn>_ “We have plenty of hotel rooms in New Braunfels. Realistically, I think we should just expand the existing civie center.” — Nina Eastman Now Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association pntidont Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Heratd-ZeitungSan Marcos plan strikingly similar By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN MARCOS — A week before New Braunfels City Council heard a report recommending a hotel and conference center, their counterparts here heard pretty much the same thing. City Manager Dan O’Leary made a presentation July 12 to San Marcos City Council. “Next Monday, they’re hearing information in order to adopt a resolution of support,” said Nina Lester, O’Leary’s assistant. Phil Neighbors, president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, said he believed council would adopt that resolution. Neighbors sees New Braunfels and San Marcos as two jewels that could become important convention destinations along the Interstate 35 corridor. See SAN MARCOS Page 4ANBISD,city work in tandem on traffic By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District and the city will explore ways to make the area around the Memorial schools safer for arriving and departing students. New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork visited NBISD trustees Tuesday at their July meeting to express his concerns about the mix of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area of County line Road and Walnut Avenue and called on NBISD to work with the city toward a safety solution. He also asked that a solution be planned for in advance when the district builds new schools to the south of the area on West Klein Road. Three NBISD schools, Memorial Primary, Memorial Elementary and Memorial Intermediate, all open and close at the same time each day. With school buses, parents arriving and departing by car and student pedestrian traffic, city and school district officials have long had concerns about safety and have received calls from patrons and constituents. “With three schools on that corner, it creates a traffic and safety issue,’’ Cork told the board. The city had conducted a traffic study of the intersection, but it doesn’t yet meet engineering standards for a stop sign or traffic signal on County Line Road, Cork said. He acknowledged the district provides bus service area residents could use, but Cork said he didn t see that usage increasing. “When someone can hit a baseball from the school and almost hit their home, they’re not going to wait for a bus to cross the street,” Cork said. “But County Line Road is unsafe. We don’t have a crossing guard there because it’s so unsafe. That tells me that something needs to be done, and I think we have to See NBISD, Page 3A Adam Cork HJLY 21, 2004 ^iLD HEALTHY BITES Simple tips and recipes to get all the taste and flavor of summer without all the calories and carbs. Page IB WED**" SPORTS X - W" SWIMMINGS New Braunfels Dolphins swimming team heads upstream for meet with good prospects in all age groups. Page 7 A -Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 20% chance of storms High Low 95 72 Details .... 2B j DEAR ABBY 4B j CLASSIFIEDS 448 | COMICS 3B j CROSSWORD 38 j FORUM    6A I OBITUARIES SA | SPORTS 7-8A i TV GRIDS 48 Vol. 153, No. 215 14 pages, 2 sections i ■ CLICK 500 New Braunfels Live • Thursday, Iuly 22 @ 8pm • Members Free • Non Members $5.00 I I ill III III-: < ,! KOM MU IHI NINO./ \< 11 WI 11 I \ I N ,N ll SSK \ SHI IMI NKI) I OI HHH t lillol III.Ilion ll I ll 11 I I Si! I III. O I o (ll I ;| I I (X Hi) (»2 All dogs might go to heaven, but Scrappy, Beaster By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Leaving family behind is the hardest part of being sent overseas, said U.S. Navy Master Chief Bill Lacy. Bill Lacy and his wife, Lea, leave for the USS Emory S. Land in La Maddalena, Italy, in less than two weeks, but their two Labrador retrievers won’t be going with them. Scrappy, a 2-year-old yellow Lab, and Beaster, a 3-year-old black Lab, Great Dane mix, have been together all of their lives. “They're big babies," Bill Lacy said. “That's what’s so disappointing and so hard on us about finding them a place to live." Since a friend who had promised to take the dogs told them late last week he couldn't do it, the Lacys have been scrambling can’t go to Italy to find a home for Scrappy and Beaster. With packing for the big move, getting documents in order and making last-minute doctor and veterinarian visits, tracking down a nice family has been an uphill battle. And time is not on their side. The Lacys have to find a home by July 30 or drop their "babies” at a shelter, a prospect that nearly brings them both to tears. “If you ask me what’s the toughest part, it’s seeing myself having to take them to a shelter. Those two don’t deserve a shelter,” Bill Lacy said. TWo smaller family members — the cats, Buddha, 3, and Cally, 15 — have gotten all the shots and papers they need to cross the ocean. But yards in Italy just aren't made for big dogs. See DOM, Page 3A Lea Lacy and her husband, U.S. Navy Master Chief Bill Lacy, are looking for a good home for their dogs Beaster, left, and Scrappy, before he's transferred to Italy in less than two weeks. DAVID INGRAM/Her ald Zei tuny New Braunfels High School students travel to Corpus Christi, Georgetown as part of NftiiHMil Miffpnk t— Young Leaders debate program. ;