Stonecipher's plan pure pipe dream
Does she not think the Navy will have a problem with the public having access so close to their carrier and ships? I really don't think this site was meant for her "pipe dream." Maybe she should pitch her idea on a different waterfront site that doesn't sit directly across from an aircraft carrier.
I agree whole-heartedly with Councilman Affholter to keep this site as a working waterfront. Everything is sitting there already. He is spot-on in his thinking when he says, "The worst thing we can do is to get stuck with ideas that look good on paper, but might ultimately fail because of economic realities." And: "The last thing I want to see is for this property to sit vacant for a decade or longer."
Stonecipher's dream will kill the waterfront. I can see it now ... some fancy new buildings sitting vacant, windows busted out, weeds filling the once beautifully landscaped areas, and the terns filling the rooftops with their babies and stinky fish skeletons. Not to mention, the Navy patrol boats sitting off shore with their sights aimed back at the deserted, unfenced public waterfront areas.