Jamie Smith

Officials within Jefferson County and the city of Beaumont are moving quickly to approve a ground lease and begin construction of a water park and hotel at Ford Park.

But not everyone is on board with the possible deal.

Jamie Smith (right)

Few Southeast Texans probably think of the name Jamie Smith while driving on the streets and through the neighborhoods of South Beaumont and noticing the improvements in the area, but the Ward IV city councilman has worked hard to improve his ward by cleaning up neighborhoods and setting up empowerment zones to attract new businesses among other accomplishments.