ANY thoughts Coffs Harbour City Council would be able to get some change from an early estimate of $2 million for a boardwalk at the Jetty Foreshore could just be wishful thinking.
Those with knowledge about how much big projects cost and what the boardwalk project entailed believe the major step in the redevelopment of the area will be an expensive one.
The owner of FM Glenn, Wayne Glenn, was at last Friday's first meeting of the Jetty Reference Group.
He said the proposal he saw was worth every penny.
"There's a lot more to it than meets the eye," Mr Glenn said.
While reluctant to make comments on the project, Mr Glenn said the boardwalk project was "a lot more than simply adding a footpath", as the initial plans showed.
He said the 500m long boardwalk needed to be wide enough to cater for emergency vehicles, if they were ever required.
"The boardwalk won't simply be a path laid on the land," he said.
"It will be a raised path on columns allowing for any sea surges or sand to pass underneath."
Add to that seating to be placed alongside the new attraction, as well as landscaping, ramp access to the beach for the disabled, and steps at various points down to the water, meant the $4000 a metre the boardwalk was expected to cost suddenly became justifiable.