Frank Fannon, an Alexandria City Councilman and also a member of the Boat Club, recognizes that the recently passed ordinance provides that the City may acquire a part of the Old Dominion Boat Club.

This is occurring at a time when great old tradition will be interfered with, if not destroyed. It is also clear that Virginia is wrestling with the issue of fairness to landowners.

Alexandria Times

City Councilman Frank Fannon raised eyebrows last week when he slammed the approved waterfront plan as having “endorsed the seizure of private property through eminent domain as an option.”

Fannon, who cast one of two votes against the controversial plan, made the remark in his regularly emailed community update and in a letter to the editor in the Alexandria Times. The line was a reference to the on-again, off-again spat with the Old Dominion Boat Club, of which Fannon is a member, and its parking lot at the foot of King Street.

The plan should have included stronger language against the use of eminent domain, Fannon said in an interview last week.

But no matter what went into the document, eminent domain remains an option for city council, said Jim Banks, city attorney. City council members can’t tie the hands of future elected leaders.