All those folks who were wringing handsÂ about last year’s electoral nixingÂ of the rule against carry-out alcohol sales in the Houston Heights possiblyÂ opening the door to a future rollback ofÂ the area’s other alcohol restrictions — well, you may find yourselves feeling kindaÂ vindicatedÂ right about now: theÂ petition processÂ has just kicked offÂ to once again crank up the ol’ special election machinery, this time on the question of alcohol sales for on-site consumption in the Heights Dry-ish Zone. The goal: no more private-club workarounds for the area’s bars and restaurants — just regular drink sales.
What do we know so far aboutÂ theÂ cast of characters starring in this newÂ season of Heights electoralÂ intrigue? At least one familiar name has entered the picture, so far:
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GROUP PETITIONS FOR 13-COUNTY FLOOD PLANNING A group called Citizen Solutions to Flooding — not to be confused with the Residents Against Flooding group currently suing the city and TIRZ 17, though containing some of the same members — is circulating a petition calling for a region-wideÂ plan to address man-made flooding issues, and an agencyÂ to oversee it. The petition lists out some of the specific technical concerns thatÂ signers want incorporated into future flood planning, including a shift from floodplain-level thinking to whole-watershedÂ rules. The petition also calls for coordinationÂ across all 13 counties in the Houston-Galveston Area Council region; Citizen and Residents member Ed Browne tells Ed MayberryÂ that â€œflooding doesnâ€™t know any boundaries. I mean, water doesnâ€™t care whether youâ€™re in Harris County or Montgomery County or Fort Bend. Unless we address the whole watershed, one area or another is going to suffer.â€ Â [Houston Public Media; previously on Swamplot] Watershed boundaries superimposed across Houston-area county boundaries: Galveston Bay Foundation and Houston Area Research Council’sÂ Find Your Watershed map