The City can use the cash; why not just sell the former coal dock to the highest bidder?

Selling the land to the highest bidder would only provide a short-term financial gain. That short-term gain would be insignificant when compared to the long-term value and economic impact to future generations of citizens and visitors that will be realized from an active waterfront providing public access, education, and recreation. The Discovery Community Pier, Harbor and Marina concept is in keeping with the City’s efforts to reclaim industrial waterfront for public use.

Additionally, is a massive private development on the dock preferable to opening an existing public asset to public use forever?

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