The Gold Coast City Mayor thinks he has the answer that will keep everyone happy, when it comes to developing The Spit.
Plans for a $3 billion resort development have opened up for a two month public consultation period and while supporters have touted the economic boost it would bring to the coast, conservation groups are concerned it would destroy a beautiful natural asset.
Mayor Tom Tate said firstly The Spit needs to be cleaned up, saying there was currently nothing there worth saving.
He also pitched the idea of "drawing a line in the sand" at Seaworld's Nara Resort.
Cr Tate said the part of The Spit to the south of that line could be used for high-rise developments and commercial purposes, while the area to the north could be transformed into a Southbank style parklands.
"Upgrade that, have federation walks, have ferries going in, open space," he said.