WHERE I STAND . . . On Monday at 4:45pm there will be a CRA meeting at City Hall to consider a request from the private developer wishing to build condos in the Riverwalk area. The developer is asking for over $10 million in tax increment funding from the residents of Port Orange. I want to be clear on where I stand. I support the Riverwalk area and redevelopment of the east side in the CRA district. However, I am strongly opposed to approving over $10 million of taxpayer funds being given to a private developer. The tax payers of Port Orange have already paid over $11 million into this project area over the past 16 years and there is still nothing to show for it. This is a very high risk development in the first place. Similar attempts to build riverfront condos in Holly Hill and South Daytona have struggled badly. In addition, as I speak with residents daily, I am confident that the majority of our residents do not want to see high rise condos in that location in the first place.
— Scott Stiltner