LETTERS: Motorized watercraft will destroy tranquility

The introduction of power boats and motorized personal watercraft will destroy the tranquility by the SS Sicamous.

As part of the marathon meeting held at city hall on April 7, city planners revealed the SS Sicamous master plan which includes construction of a dock to accommodate large motorized watercraft with the possibility of future expansion.

As many are aware, this area is a lovely quiet spot with lots of opportunities to observe wildlife. My wife and I love to kayak and swim there and enjoy the beauty of it all.

However, the introduction of power boats and motorized personal watercraft will destroy the tranquility there and contribute noise and water pollution — a very undesirable outcome to say the least.

In addition, any accidental spills of oil and gasoline in the area would seriously affect the sockeye salmon spawning beds in the river channel.

The city will be holding a public consultation on the master plan Monday, April 20 at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to inform council of their concerns should plan to attend.

A rally will be held in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. and members of the public are encouraged to attend and sign a petition which reads as follows: “We, the citizens of Penticton, hereby petition city council to reject plans to construct a pier and moorage slips for motorized watercraft near the SS Sicamous.”

Please mark your calendar and join our delegation in opposing this product.

Gerry Gilligan

Penticton

 

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