Waterfront assets being eroded

Penticton residents must be alert to how council proceeds with the future of the park-like eastern shoreline of Okanagan Lake

Ever seen a herd of cows tripping on their udders while wandering aimlessly about? No? Then picture Mayor Ashton and a few councillors stumbling around such inane propositions as the failed hockey dorm, high-rise on Martin Street, taxing of churches and charities, the Munson Mountain ball park deal, and their recent questionable handling of the economic development position ad infinitum. What next? A resort hotel on prime park-like lakeside property? Reducing beach access for swimming by the Sicamous?

At a waterfront proposal open house I asked why the eastern shoreline, the area used by the Penticton Yacht and Tennis Club, was not included in the proposal. A staffer stated the city is in the process of dealing with it separately. As some study and geo-tech work has been done at this site, I contacted city hall to learn what may be happening. Subsequently I heard from a city staffer that the city is studying the site, with a hotel being one of the considerations.

Does council not understand that the eastern Okanagan Lake waterfront is far more valuable to residents and an increasing tourist population as a green area for rest, respite, recreation, nature and quiet enjoyment rather than a hotel, residences, parking lot or other monster monuments to wholesome lakeside values. What would motivate council to think or act otherwise? At this point, I implore the residents of Penticton to be alert to how council proceeds with the future of the park-like eastern shoreline of Okanagan Lake, or we just may find we have lost a very valuable piece of green space forever. The spade work the city is doing isn’t for nought.

Mayor Ashton, although he may have done some good while in council, seems to have anchored himself to too many dubious proposals. It is time he vacated the throne and end his glib orations as I feel they no longer resonate well with the public. Penticton needs a leader who can reconnect with the public and sensibly navigate to that ‘place to live forever.’ Finally, advice my grandpappy once gave me was, “Son, leave the peacocking to the peacocks,” That, Mr. Ashton, if you are reading this, is also my advice to you.

Sheldon Hansen