Tuesday, February 24, 2004

On The Waterfront

News about the waterfront plan in the Citizen this morning here.

(I continue to be impressed with the Citizen's news coverage of Key West and the Keys in general. Essential reading if you want to know (some of) what's happening there.)

From the article: "The group's (Urban Land Institute) land-use experts toured the waterfront property Monday and sat through a series of roundtable discussions with city officials, developers, bank officers, business leaders and residents."

I wonder about who the residents are. Why am I wary? Who is "The Rodel Foundation"? Actually, i think i know the answer to that:
"The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Key West exists as a donor advised fund of The Community Foundation for the Florida Keys". Read under the heading Architecture.

Read the article and tell me if you think that the waterfront will be developed for the community at large, or primarily as a commercial venture.

The property is equal to Mallory Square as a spot for watching the sun set. The ferry terminal idea worries me. I think we already have a brand new ferry terminal down at the harbor. Any large scale terminal operation at the Truman Waterfront is likely to impact negatively on parks and housing there, and to attract and create pressure for more commercial development. Large scale belongs at Stock Island, not in Old Town.

Ed Swift is looking after his interests (not that there's anything wrong with that) in his proposal for to extend the current waterfront path into the area. In fact, I think it's a good idea. It would allow a third entry point to the waterfront and take pressure off the Bahama Village-Petronia St. entry and the Truman Annex entry.

We're down to 82 days until its time to leave for KW. Whoo-Hoo!

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