10/13/2014 09:55 am ET Updated Dec 13, 2014

For the Birds

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For the past 80 years, developers and politicians have offered grand dreams for Watson Island -- theme parks, a statute of Christopher Columbus bigger than the Statue of Liberty, an 850-foot space needle, a super-sized shopping mall, exposition centers to sell goods to Latin Americans, a “sports palace,” aquarium, a Science City, plus many visions of high-rise hotels and condos.

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