John Winkler with the Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County supports development of the Shipyards but is concerned about how much will fall on the backs of taxpayers.
Winkler cited financial problems in the past over the Riverfront property. He mentioned plans that fell through with developers and a costly foreclosure, all taxpayer money he says gone down the drain.
"The city basically wound up paying itself back taxes, which was very foolish," Winkler said. He says lots of money has gone down the drain "to the tunes of millions and millions of dollars. At the end of the day all we have right now is a grassy lot."
He says he hopes any new projects won't cost taxpayers extra money but cautions it's not likely.
"There is very little development in the city that does not wind up having a component where the taxpayers are subsidizing that development."
He does support development of the Shipyards and says it would be good to get the property back on the tax roll. He only wonders at what price will taxpayers have to pay. Winkler says he will wait for new business proposals and projects to develop before giving his final opinion on the matter.
"Anything that happens with the Shipyards now, obviously, will be to the benefit of all of us."