Thursday April 24, 2014

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Try asking the right questions



The question, "Does Gibsons need the George Hotel development?" is simply the wrong question. When you ask the wrong question, you get the wrong answer, and you stifle constructive discussion.

Lets start by asking the right questions.

Gibsons has an official community plan. Does Gibsons need to revisit this plan 'just' because one developer, with a vision that clearly contravenes the plan, went and purchased the land on speculation? The answer is no.

Does anyone think that building over-height condos (which may or may not be occupied year round), on prime waterfront, is what the community wants, needs, or deserves? The answer is no.

Does anyone think that the only way to bring tourism to Gibsons is by dredging the marina, disturbing the aquifer, chopping up the park and developing the waterfront? The answer is no.

Is the community so bereft of industry and innovation that it needs this particular project to boost the economy, by creating 100 low paying hospitality jobs, and by increasing revenues for a handful of retailers selling products that are mostly made off-Coast? The answer is no.

Does this development make Gibsons a better place to live for anyone other than the waterfront condo owners and the developer? The answer is no.

The land and the waterfront are not going to go away. Take the time now to ask the right question. "What business and development should Gibson's encourage?"

Alan Donenfeld




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