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Letter: A different approach on the marina

The City of Penticton’s 2018 budget is 50 shades of green.

A different approach on the marina

The City of Penticton’s 2018 budget is 50 shades of green.

For yet another tax increase, we are told we may get repairs done to city buildings. Sounds like there is green for the Engagement Team and downtown security, what about residential and business security? We need lots of green to beautify 300 block Main Street, is that essential work?

Let’s get our ducks in a row on Skaha Lake.

Trio got a $200,000 payout and got to keep the business until Oct 2018.

During Trio’s lease, the COP plans to start spending $1.7 million very, green bucks to “revitalize” the marina that no more than 60 local residents use for moorage. To make the marina more “vibrant,”more slips will be added, total slips 150 to 171.

Does this sound familiar? It gets better.

After October 2018 an expression of interest (EOI) can be put out, for bids to run the marina, and no doubt Trio will bid. Why else would they hang around?

It’s disturbing to see the City of Penticton has again ignored key players, Penticton Indian Band, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the provincial and federal governments, all of them must be involved in any venture on that land.

The fry in Skaha Lake are the stock for future generations of, a species under threat from many sides, salmon. Our lakes need to be protected not just for the fish,water is the main ingredient in people.

There are definitely grey areas in the shades of green, lots and lots of grey areas. It is time to take a different approach to Skaha Marina.

Lynn Crassweller


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