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Treasure Island, Plan Z

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A Contra Costa Times story about the epic Treasure Island remake also has some nuggets about some other left-field suggestions for the artificial island early on in the brainstorming process: "One dreamer sketched out a network of Venice-like canals across the island. Former Mayor Willie Brown floated the idea of a casino. The leader of a tiny American Indian tribe went further, proposing a 'multi-tribal "Monte Carlo"-type' casino resort. An amusement theme park generated interest for a while. One artist pitched a bookend to the Statue of Liberty — a 300-foot-tall woman with an outstretched arm that visitors could walk across, to the hand. There was a golf course concept, and an RV park. It was open season." [Merc]