Don Sausser (RE: Independence Point changes eyed): I have to part with the good mayor on this one. I can understand how replacing asphalt with green grass appeals to conceptual planners when studying aerial views but on the ground, this is a functional and practical access to our prime waterfront. As is, it provides for the handicapped and could be enhanced further for them. It provides for an instant close-up view for visitors who are passing through town as well as providing for those using the City Dock for several different activities. The word, "handicapped" doesn't necessarily indicate an invalid person. As one grows older a walk longer than a block can become a challenge. Walking distance from the next available parking lot could prevent their visit, with or without a State issued handicap designation. As is, I believe it serves the public well and does not detract from the grassy views on both sides.
DFO: I generally in favor of removing as much parking from the waterfront as possible. I was in favor of pushing the 3rd Street lot back to Front Avenue & removing the small, circular lot behind the clock tower. I was in favor of this change, too -- until Don (& former councilwoman Deanna Goodlander pointed out need for waterfront parking for the handicapped). Now I'm not sure this is a good idea. Thought?