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City Needs Vision to Save Queen Mary

March 15, 1992

Mayor Ernie Kell says it's time to get rid of the Queen Mary. He says it can't earn its keep, so it's got to go.

I don't agree with the mayor that this important focal point of the Long Beach oceanfront has to go, and it certainly doesn't help us attract development interest in the Queen Mary when our Long Beach mayor predicts that the ship will have to be sold for scrap. The problem is that the city lacks leaders with the vision and intellect to achieve optimum development of the city's assets.

Our 275-acre site adjacent to the Queen Mary is very suitable for a world-class ocean-oriented theme park. While the Queen Mary itself doesn't generate sufficient revenues, once the site is fully developed, as Disney intended to do, plenty of revenue will be the result.

There are a number of American and international corporations capable of developing our theme park site. What Long Beach city government needs to do is to clear the way for development, whether in Sacramento, Washington or the Harbor Commission hearing room.

WARREN HARWOOD

Councilman, 9th District

City of Long Beach

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