It's deja vu all over again.
No sooner had city commission gave a final green light to the Marina District project on Tuesday when the anti-development waterfront watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Government began circulating petitions in an attempt to force a referendum onto the ballot.
City residents already have been down this road and already voted on the project a year ago. The vote was close, but residents spoke and gave their green light.
The waterfront watchdogs contend that vote doesn't count, however, because the specifics of the project have changed. We don't buy that argument.
The marina district ballot measure approved by voters in November 2007 included broad language in order to accommodate waterfront development. There was no way to know what the final developer's agreement would be until it was finalized.
City commission has done its job and has accommodated demands from the waterfront watchdog groups. The November 2007 vote was one of those accommodations.
It would be wrong , at this late date, to lay down yet another roadblock and create another delay. We appreciate the passion and the activism of the opposition. They have made this a better project.
Now is the time, however, to let progress happen. The Marina District project is the single-most important proposal in the city today. It has the potential to re-define the downtown district and spur other development in the city.
We urge voters to "just say no" to the referendum petitioners, and we hope the city fights this "double jeopardy" and defeats the effort to get a second vote.