Saturday April 19, 2014

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Are we paving paradise?



Regarding the proposed plan for The George, I would like to clarify a few points from the side of the “naysayers.”

From what I understand, many of this group do not object to the idea of a high-end hotel, but do say “nay” to the current design.

Why not build a low (three storey-max), suitable hotel that will not destroy the view in Lower Gibsons? And why were the citizens of this Town not given an individual vote on this project? There is plenty of room for growth and development in Gibsons that would help support local businesses without burdening our infrastructure.  None of us are against growth and development in Gibsons as long as it is appropriate.

We are not “naysayers,” we are “yaysayers” to a suitable hotel. The recent letters from yaysayers have not addressed the viewpoint expressed herein — that a small hotel in keeping with the Town of Gibsons’ community plan, zoning bylaws, Harbour Plan and the general ambiance of this lovely Town would not be objectionable. 

The yaysayers constantly refer to the fact that The George will bring year round jobs to the Coast. What jobs? Yes, a large hotel would employ housekeepers, desk personnel, etc., but these are not high paying jobs, nor would they necessarily be year round. And on that note, what will the arrival of The George do to all the current B&Bs, the Cedars Inn and other small establishments on the Coast? What about those jobs?

Perhaps we should all give a listen to a song from the ’60s, sung by a resident of the Sunshine Coast. It goes like this: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Laurel Miles, Gibsons



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