|That's right. As recently at August 9th (at a City Commission workshop) the same answer to every problem: "raise rates".|
|This is the Greater Bay site plan. Note the Casino is located in the center of the property with a new pool north of the building.|
The Greater Bay plan was for the new construction behind the Coastal Construction Control Line. I don't think I need to remind you that the City tore down the former building for the NEW casino building that exists today. The Greater Bay plan also shows a single deck parking area just west of the Casino building which would have provided direct access to both levels of the building. This site plan shows a total of 780 parking spaces and a significant amount of green area in the southeastern part of the property.
And guess what! The eyesore of a pool building is gone with this site plan. Unfortunately, this plan—or worthy elements of it—were never allowed to see the light of day in terms of being formally reviewed by the city.
You could say this plan by Greater Bay (which you were never shown) cost the City around $2.5 million—$1.6 million in a settlement payment to Greater Bay and around $900,000 in legal fees defending the City's indefensible position. It also represents a high degree of opportunity costs: we have to live with a less functional beach property now and deal with the consequences.
We've all seen parents pushing strollers up the dune to get to the Casino, elderly struggling to make it to the top, and bridesmaids having to walk all the way from their parking spot trying not to sweat too much and it didn't have to be this way. A previous city commission failed us and now we all have to pay the price for their mistakes.
|These are the 'visionaries' that have left us all with "egg on our faces". Now it's left to the current City Commission majority to fix all this mess.|