The elusive deeds to the Madrona Marsh have slipped from the grasp of the City Council again.
For nearly two years the city has been trying to get deeds to nearly 43 acres of wetlands, one of the last remaining stops in the area for migrating birds and other wildlife.
Torrance Investment Co. agreed in August, 1983, to give 34.4 acres and sell another 8.5 acres to the city for preservation of the marsh in exchange for city approval to develop the remainder of a 182-acre site on Sepulveda Boulevard and Madrona Avenue for a residential-commercial project called Park Del Amo.
City Atty. Stanley Remelmeyer was prepared Tuesday night to recommend approval of the deeds to the 34.4 acres and an agreement outlining conditions for the city maintaining the property. But Remelmeyer asked that approval be delayed a week after a typing error was discovered and that opened the way for criticism of the deeds by council members and the Friends of Mardona Marsh, a community environmental group that had negotiated with developers for preservation of the marsh.