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There are multiple parts regarding the development of the River City Renaissance Project. My involvement has been with the performing arts pavilion.

In the year 2000, a committee led by the late Al Zook and including the late Rich Dean, Gil Lettow and others came together to form the Build the Bandshell Committee. This committee, made up of musicians, music educators and business leaders made it our mission to design and raise funds for a new performance pavilion or band shell for the Mason City Municipal Band and other performances. Since that time, we have explored appropriate location areas and designs for the venue.

The plaza at the north entrance of Southbridge Mall provides such an area on which to develop the pavilion. Municipal Band Director Russ Kramer says that with the new pavilion in place, we'll have an acoustically sound performance area right in the heart of our beautiful downtown cultural center!

I have made my living in various aspects of music in this wonderful community for over 40 years, and I am extremely proud to be a very small part of Mason City's rich musical heritage.

The renaissance project is designed to enhance Mason City's Downtown area with the addition of performing arts pavilion, multi-purpose arena, and downtown hotel/convention center, and new Music Man Square museum.

The City is seeking approval for $10 million contingent on a favorable vote in the Nov. 7 election. One ballot item will call for the approval of a lease agreement with Southbridge Mall for the multi-purpose arena project. The second ballot calls for the approval of the issuance of Taxable General Obligation Renewal Bonds.

I will be voting “YES” and “YES”!

Scott Bell, Mason City


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