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By Juan Montoya
It’s an issue that has hung around the neck of every Cameron County Pct. 2 commissioner like an albatross since before Carlos Cascos filled that position.
Cascos was saddled with the illegal subdivision when the streets were still rutted with mud, outhouses were the norm, rodent-infested and weed-filled ditches lined what passed as roads, and the resaca to the rear of the colonia served as the community cesspool and dumpsite.

Before Cascos, commissioner Mike Cortinas was content to let matters stand as they were since the county did not accept the subdivision, but came about as a result of City of Brownsville inaction in processing the plat application.

This kind of “benign neglect” dominated the county and city’s attitude toward the colonia and it showed.

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