Here comes the sun — and not a moment too soon. Just when we all thought webbed toes were a mere moment away, Mr. Sol has come along to lighten the days and our collective moods.
But not all of us are feeling the glow after Wednesday’s Sechelt council meeting.
The most voted on bylaw in the history of the District — Target Marine, no surprise here — is on again. After being struck down twice in the courts, we’re hoping that round three isn’t on the horizon.
So in light of the season and with a tip of the hat to the great Yogi Berra, we’d like to do a final dissect on the caviar crusade.
The first Berra quote that springs naturally to mind — “It’s like déjà-vu all over again” — pretty much sums up how many of us feel about this ongoing saga.
Over and over again in a multitude of meetings and non-binding referendum, the people spoke — but apparently not loudly enough for everyone to hear. Clear majorities of voters at every turn said Target’s business, the production of caviar, is a clean, sustainable project and one the community wants.
Berra-ism number two is probably fitting for at least one neighbourhood: “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
This has been a hot issue for more than one neighbour of Target Marine. Back and forth to the law courts the issue’s gone, accompanied by a pot of taxpayers’ loot every step of the way.
While we recognize that democracy is what drives our great country, in this instance it seems the minority have had their say and then some. Dare we suggest that it’s now time for a little humility? Accept the decision and move on, folks.
Here’s one Berra opinion that many of us could learn from: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” When one is dealing with municipal law, it might be a good idea to measure twice and cut once rather than ignoring the fine print.
After all, when you’re dealing with bright people who aren’t willing to go gently into the dark night, you might want to make sure every word of the new bylaw can meet the light of day.
This has been a pretty expensive round of chicken for anyone paying taxes in the District of Sechelt. We hope this latest incarnation will be the one that sticks. In other words, we hope the Sechelt council hit a home run with this rendition.
And finally we’ve come to believe along with Berra that “You can observe a lot just by watching.” We have left no stone unturned in bringing this story to you. We’ve observed passion, persuasion and persistence. Now what we’re ready to see is the two best words in the English language — the end!
We wonder if Berra liked caviar.