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A reader “Reality Check” had this comment on Steve Peace’s vision for the waterfront:

I can tell you one thing, they’ll never fit 60 some odd gates on Pacific Highway, and even if they could in this developer dreamworld, how many Billions would it cost, and how many billions would Steve Peace and RMI make on re-development? Boats to the terminals. Give me a break. Oh, and someone call the Marines and let them know MCRD is now toast for a waterway. What a joke.

Peace assured me during our interview that John Moores would not be involved in developing any of it. That should be of interest to Doug Manchester who is credited with much of the hotel development north of the Convention Center and is still working out the details for the controversial Navy Broadway Complex. Peace was adamant about the importance of moving those Navy Buildings to another part of San Diego. Incidentally, or maybe not so incidentally, changing the location of those Navy office buildings away from the bay front has been a theme on the editorial pages of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Even if initial public reaction to the waterfront proposal is skeptical or unenthusiastic, Peace and collaborators are getting the buzz going.

GLORIA PENNER

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