Five ways The Star shaped Fort Bend in 2015

5WaysTwo Thousand and Fifteen was a big year for the Fort Bend Star. We reported the news, showcased sports and shared our opinions with you — our loyal readers.

In addition to that, we’ve also made contributions to the community through our stories. Featured below are a few examples.

We strive to write more stories that will bring positive changes to the community, but we need assistance from you, the reader. E-mail story ideas to editor@fortbendstar.com.

MISSOURI CITY POST OFFICE

Longtime Missouri City council member Jerry Wyatt came to The Star with concerns about the condition and upkeep of the Post Office at 1902 Texas Parkway.

Wyatt and Star Editor Michael Sudhalter attempted to discuss and ask questions with post office employees with no luck.

Shortly after the article ran, Wyatt said the U.S. Post Office responded and was beginning to make changes both inside and outside the Post Office, which is the only retail post office in the city.

THE SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT DEBATE

One of the biggest debates of 2015 was the role that mixed use — specifically the number of apartments — play in the future of Sugar Land’s development.

There was a grassroots effort by citizens, who were strongly opposed to a proposed 900 apartment project within a larger mixed-use development.

The Star — through several stories and a strongly-worded editorial — examined the impact of “Land Use” and “High-Density” Development on the City.

While we weren’t the only entity to influence city policy, we did play a role in shaping the conversation and city officials’ ultimate decision to look at limiting apartments — under all circumstances — to 200 units per mile.

MISSOURI CITY AMENDS CAR TARP ORDINANCE

Missouri City resident Vic Pardo’s wife purchased a $200 Car Tarp for Christmas, and he soon found out he couldn’t use it because of a new city ordinance.

After The Star profiled Pardo’s plight last summer, many of his fellow Missouri City residents jumped on board to question the fairness of a far-reaching ordinance with good intentions — to keep junk cars out of sight.

The City Council came to acknowledge residents’ legitimate concerns about the ordinance and amended it to allow residents to cut holes in the tarp to make the license plate and registration visible.

THE INAUGURAL SENIOR EXPO

The Fort Bend Star hosted the inaugural Senior Expo in October at the Stafford Centre, and it was a big success with more than 800 seniors and 57 vendors at The Expo.

The entire Star staff coordinated the event, which featured guest speakers, and brought a great deal of information into one venue, at one time.

Visitors and vendors alike commented on their satisfaction about the event, and The Star is already looking forward to putting forth an even more impressive Senior Expo in 2016.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SERIES

Last summer, the Fort Bend Star published a 10-story in-depth report on Human Trafficking in Fort Bend County. Houston is widely acknowledged as having one of the most serious Human Trafficking problems in the U.S., but few — outside of some law enforcement leaders and other experts — know that Fort Bend deals with Human Trafficking as well. The Star’s Special Report brought the issue to light and showed readers what is happening and what is being done to curtail it.

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