Last night the Portland City Council approved reopening negotiations with the politically connected Ocean Properties (you know, the one run by the gov's cousin and his brother - except now the gov's bro is just a "consultant"). Of course, we've been calling for a complete do-over since August 2007 (see "Saving a Sinking Waterfront") but the council isn't interested.
One of the folks quoted by the Press Herald from the council meeting has started a social network to call more attention to the debacle.
Which is all to say that nothing has changed since this whole mess began. It's still projected to be private development, for private profit, with a small nod in the direction of citizens and taxpayers. Let's see if this goes as well as the last round.