In response to your article "Gadfly's Grant Has Its Critics" by Nancy Hill-Holtzman (Times, Jan. 27), Ulan Bator Foundation is proud to announce a $7,000 pledge to enable COAST (Coastal Area Support Team) to pay for legal fees, legal insurance and the costs of preparing and submitting depositions in the Prudential/Marina Place case.
At this time, it is critical that all Venetians and Westsiders who believe the coastal access suit being pursued by COAST is a strategy to follow rise to the occasion and raise funds to support the ongoing efforts to challenge and defeat in the courts the placement of a regional shopping mall on the border of Venice.
It is a studied misrepresentation to claim that one of my tactics is to first support a project and then oppose it . . . thus establishing the legal grounds for some kind of extortion. My position toward the project never changed from the beginning. I negotiated under duress; I always said it was too tall, too dense, too much commercial. But these things were not on the table, as some of my critics on the Venice Action Committee know all too well.
What I try to do, as I participate with lots of others in negotiations with developers, is be certain of already conceded ground and pay attention to what others decry and want, and attempt to imagine solutions which might be acceptable to Venetians. I am always looking to protect Venice and get the best deal for Venice, although I agree that such a call is always subjective and invites second-guessing.