Gibsons and the Coast community are being handed a gift.
An opportunity to create a thriving destination location from what is now a vacant building sitting on prime land next to the marina. The Gibsons Public Market [GPM] will be a dynamic meeting place for locals and visitors alike, with a green grocer, deli outlets, cafe, services, and space for art and music events. It will reclaim an unused asset, become the south cornerstone of an exceptional waterfront corridor, and be a source of pride for all.
The GPM was the inspiration of three local families and is backed by Community Futures and the Town of Gibsons. To date, all parties have committed large sums of money and effort to make this a reality.
But wishing and hoping will not make it happen. What will carry the GPM over the finish line is by individuals, families, groups, clubs and businesses reaching into their coffers and writing a cheque. These funds will finalize the purchase of the property and be held in trust until we know that we have reached our goal of $250,000. Tax receipts will be issued by the Town of Gibsons.
My sister and I are local business people who have lived on the Coast for many years. We are avid supporters of town events and initiatives and have donated to the GPM because we believe that it will benefit the entire Sunshine Coast.
We urge you to join those folks who have already contributed to this request for funding. Cheques can be written to the Gibsons Public Market and delivered C/O the Town of Gibsons. The clock stops at midnight Oct. 31.
Carpe Diem. Letís seize the moment; this gift will not come around again.
Patricia and Joann Hetherington