I am reminded of the song titled Abraham, Martin and John when I hear the ramblings of our past mayors regarding the waterslide issue.
Anybody here seen my old friends Jake, David and Garry? They were good mayors but I looked around and I thought they were gone. Anybody here seen my old friends Elvena and Doug? I thought they were gone too but I just saw them walking over the hill to join Jake, David and Garry to create yet another block to progress. Your time has come and gone.
The citizens of Penticton elected the current mayor and council because they would be progressive and do what it’s predecessors hadn’t. I suspect I talk to a lot more people on any given day and I agree with the mayor. You may be surprised at the amount of prominent, non-retired and retired people that are very much in favour of the development.
Your push for legal action and a referendum will be yet another waste of taxpayer’s dollars. Thousands of people have lost their jobs in this city and are forced to work out of the area leaving their families for lengthy periods of time. We need whatever development is good for business, especially tourism right now because there is little else.
Did anyone notice how quiet the long weekend was? Skaha Lake Road was virtually void of traffic at 5 p.m. on Saturday of the long weekend. We all know the reason for that. I have lived here since 1981 and have witnessed very little development over three decades of time due to the like minded people that are against this.
I remember taking my son to the waterslides and the joy it brought to all ages. It’s a shame some people don’t. Hats off to mayor Jakubeit and council for their stance and good fortune to the Trio Marine Group and any future developers.