This brought home the idea that sea-views were valuable enough to drive development and then people could imagine (rightly or wrongly) the foreshore being lined with this new-model sea wall. IIRC there was even a story that the Holdfast Shores developers had wanted the section of beach in front of the towers to become a private beach for the residents (and I don't recall anything specific about that story, it was almost 15 years ago, but it may have been in the Messenger); now that may have been completely baseless, but those are the kind of messages that get spawned when people are feeling paranoid and they tend to stick.
And when you look at it, there's not really been that much other development following these blocks. Apart from Moseley Square, what else has happened in the last decade that the locals would get excited about? Glenelg's not the first place people think of for practically anything other than going to the beach, and that's got nothing to do with these developments, the beach was always there. Considering all the talk of development, hardly any restaurants, or shops, or other services have opened there; the cinema closed and the new shopping centre is ghastly - it hasn't been a transformational time.
So now you've got a bunch of people feeling like they're being asked to accept a bunch of changes they didn't ask for and aren't getting much in return. They're at home listening intently to their Joni Mitchell albums:
and after a glass or two of vino, they say to themselves "No, no, that won't be me - I won't let them put my trees in a tree museum, I'll fight that big yellow tractor". And before you know it, there's a total moratorium on high-rise in Glenelg. Of course, the irony is that no towers in Glenelg means more parking lots in Mount Barker and Buckland Park, but the big picture's always hard to spot.