Agreeing that the maze of bikeways, sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways connecting Stearns Wharf to the Harbor was a mess, the S.B. City Council unanimously voted to spend $2 million in Redevelopment Agency funds to make the area more pedestrian-friendly for tourists and natives alike. Waterfront merchants and business owners embraced the improvements proposed by architect Steve Yates and urged the council to extend them from the Funk Zone to Leadbetter Beach. Councilmembers Brian Barnwell and Iya Falcone gushed approval, while Councilmember Helene Schneider sought to inject a note of fiscal sobriety, observing that all of the improvements enumerated by Yates would cost City Hall $2-$4 million more than was earmarked.

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