Captain Kidd's Fish Market wants to stay in the Redondo Beach Marina as an "iconic anchor tenant" throughout the waterfront revitalization process—and the business has launched a petition to keep it that way.
The petition on change.org, which as of noon Thursday had more than 100 signatures, asks the public to "help keep Captain Kidd's around for another 36 years."
"We want to make sure that Captain Kidd's is a big part of the redevelopment," wrote owner Chris Bredesen on the combination restaurant and fish market's blog.
The anchor of the waterfront revitalization will be the redevelopment of 15 acres of waterfront property—including the Redondo Beach Marina, Redondo Beach Pier and International Boardwalk—by El Segundo-based CenterCal Properties. In a recent meeting, CenterCal CEO Fred Bruning estimated that the revitalization will cost $300 million.
The high cost has some worried, however. Slow-growth activist Jim Light, in a blog post on Redondo Beach Patch, noted that the high cost and density of the development may force the developer to raise rents and price local merchants out of business.
Nevertheless, Bruning has maintained that CenterCal wants to keep the local merchants at the waterfront.
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