I would like to personally thank Roger Hulstein for explaining there was a non-disclosure contract signed with the city which would explain a lot.
Now the mayor seems to have lost his memory as he can’t remember this happening and it seems like he is ready to throw his staff under the bus.
There are two properties in Penticton which nature provided free of charge. They are with sand, clean water and sunshine — a natural attraction to bring in tourists as these properties have done for many years. These same properties have cost the taxpayers of this city workers by clubs such as Rotary, private individuals and many councils in the past. We did have to fight a few years ago over a similar situation. It took three years before the proponent decided to pull the venture off the table. That was Okanagan Lake Park.
It is obvious for the citizens to stop talking to this council as we are wasting our time. So I wish to talk to the Trio Marine Group through this letter.
Take the waterslide issue off the table and revert back to the original property to upgrade the marina and restaurant. Show that you wish to be a good corporate citizen to this city by acknowledging the concerns of the 91 per cent who voted to keep these areas open and free from private developers.
1. Communicate with the concerned citizens group.
2. Show the non-disclosure document, showing you were prepared to start this development in a proper manner.
3. If there is such a document it will show that this council wished to deceive the taxpayers.
Finally, this is not about a waterslide. This is about taking our park away from us for 30 years. For a waterslide — I don’t think so.