There is an obvious solution to the costly ferry access to the Sunshine Coast a fixed link. It would make access for both residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast less stressful. It would be environmentally sound.
Easy driving access to the Sunshine Coast would stimulate business and growth.
I know that some people on the Coast would like it to stay "as it is" (isolated) but many of my friends would be very grateful that they could conduct business, and enjoy events in Vancouver, in a manner that did not involve serious ferry planning, dollars, waiting, and the inevitable disappointment when your ferry just wasn't "there for you.
Change will come to the Coast regardless of access, and change gives us an opportunity to refine our existence and ask all kinds of appropriate questions. Utopia is not just a dream some of us had we are still working on establishing it, and we all have our ideas about what will work. The fact that all residents do not always see it the same way can be daunting, but in the end, it will foster the art of communication.
In the short term, the building of bridges and road connections would provide work for many local construction people. In the long term it could be paid for by a toll, and I guarantee that it would be used. There is upkeep cost on all highways and bridges, but it is not nearly the cost of operating ferries.
Bridging Howe Sound (from Porteau Cove area to Port Mellon area) would require two regular suspension bridges connecting across Anvil Island. Some road extensions would be required on the Sunshine Coast side. What are we waiting for? The sooner it is done, the sooner we will have freedom of travel.