LETTER: Contravening a city bylaw

It looks like Trio Marine Group has the OK from the city to proceed with their plans at Skaha Park.

It looks like Trio Marine Group has the OK from the city to proceed with their plans at Skaha Park.

It appears that they have permission to put a huge sign on Skaha Park which advertises their business in the Marina restaurant. City bylaw 2013-17 section 8.3.4 clearly states:  “Freestanding signs shall be located entirely within the property to which the sign is advertising and shall not project over neighbouring properties or city rights-of-way.”

Trio Marine Group has their sign on Skaha Park, not on the marina. This appears to be contravening the city bylaw, unless that company has signed documents verifying their rights over Skaha Park land.

Is there an unspoken, in-camera agreement between Trio Marine Group and the city to allow this contravention? If not, then why would the bylaw enforcement be withheld?

The mayor and city councillors are duty-bound to work within the legal framework which all of its citizens recognize. The city staff also needs to comply with the bylaws they  are paid to enforce.

Finally, Trio Marine Group should recognize that they are seen, and that their actions do offend.

Barry Salaberry

Penticton