It proved to be just the strategy needed.
A first hand look at the Newell Street deck and an on-site discussion brought the matter of DeckGate to an apparent conclusion.
After a month long fester, lawmakers met with developer Reginald Schweitzer and agree to keep the deck a public place with tables open to all, including patrons of the restaurant that will replace the Red Lion Brew Pub.
Meanwhile the City will explore with state officials whether the property the deck is on can be transferred to the restaurant owners.
The vexing matter was solved in large part to being on site where lawmakers could see the deck and its environs.
Mr. Schweitzer will be able to pursue licensing of his facility and meanwhile the city will place tables in public areas for everyones use including patrons of the restaurant.
I also raised concerns about some of the safety concerns at Whitewater Park.
The concerns were pooh poohed.
I am glad we were able to resolve to support the restaurant...The potential for riverfront development is now a reality.....