On August 14, 1986, The Seattle Times reports that the cost of waterfront improvements planned by the administration of Mayor Charles Royer (b. 1939) is being boosted by plans for Seattle Aquarium expansion. Anticipated overall costs have risen from the original estimate of $25 to $40 million to a higher total of $40 to $60 million. The cost of aquarium expansion has increased from an estimated $12.5 to $25 million to about $30 million based on more detailed plans.
The plan was eventually divided into two, with the Aquarium expansion becoming part of a countywide open space bond measure and the other waterfront improvements going to a citywide vote. Both failed to get the required 60 percent margin on September 20, 1988.