Quoting in part:
Brooks closed his pitch with a plea that council not let the waterfront vision become another plan to sit on a shelf or become picked apart to nothing by trying to make it please everyone.
“I’m begging you to just say, ‘Staff, make it happen.’ The second you go back out there and say ‘Public, what do you think? What should we change?’ all of a sudden, the whole thing is going to come apart,” he said. “You’re never going to get anywhere.”
If council were to get staff working on developing the business plan, securing funding and getting architectural designs, there’s no reason why the Shipyards portion could not be open by 2016, Brooks said.