“There is no incentive to do that anymore,” Goodwin said. “It’s a Catch 22. If we didn’t maintain that area in the first place, I don’t even know if the city would have put the park there.”
The city says a state grant of $10,000 will pay to shore up the ramp and improve drainage so heavy rain doesn’t cause washouts. But as Van Dam said, the repairs won’t last forever.
It’s in the interests of both the city and the yacht club to be good neighbors; they shouldn’t let the unpleasantness fester.
So perhaps it’s time that both sides in the Washington Landing dispute sit down for what another president — Barack Obama — would call an “adult conversation” about ways to make the situation better.