The two diminutive representatives from CPD stood in front of a standing room, only crowd of the Rogers Park faithful. They droned on about an exhaustive, conceptual study they had completed of six or seven sites along our beautiful lakefront that would be suitable for all “the increased boater demand “they expected .
They presented slides and bullet points that were not discernable to anyone in the audience. The plan was not inspiring and nor was their demeanor. The presentation went on too long and folks got restless and rude. It was somewhat understandable considering the pent up emotion inside that gymnasium. The CPD reps did their best to maintain order. When they relinquished the microphone, they stood there and took their much deserved punishment.
Rep. Osterman Speaks
His inspired, well thought out and eloquent essay, resonated with the audience. His presence commanded attention and he received it with repeated standing ovations.
Four more residents spoke of their opposition to the proposed plan and as soon as they were finished, the two CPD reps announced that the proposal was off the table.
Ald. Moore Speaks
He took the microphone and echoed what the two men had said. The plan that was being presented this night would no longer be considered, the crowed cheered at this apparent victory and some started leaving.
I hope I’m wrong, but I do not believe we are finished fighting this issue. I think there will be more plans to consider. Maybe one with only 300 boat slips, instead of 400.
By Gary Fuschi