Significant changes are needed

Staff writer
April 4, 2014 01:00 AM

The following letter was sent to Gibsons council and copied to Coast Reporter

Dear Mayor Rowe and council:

I commend you for conducting a respectful and orderly meeting last night (March 25) regarding theGeorge proposal.

I continue to feel skeptical regarding the projected occupancy rates and therefore the promised revenue to the Town, and am veryunhappy with the scale of buildings proposed for that location. I feel that at the very least, significant changes are needed, not just the mostly-cosmetic ones (as they seemed to me) that were presented atthe March 25 meeting.

I would also like to hear what you have learned about other small towns that have gone ahead with hotel and convention centres. Did the projects pan out?If not,what effect is this having on the town, and the towncoffers? Can anything be learned from these towns about howGibsons might best proceed - or not?

Ido understand the need forincome in orderto enhance and maintain roads, sidewalks, water, sewer, etc., especiallygiven the downloading by senior governments of more and more responsibilities onto towns and municipalities. I realize that the Town cannot invent proposals, but must endeavour to make sound decisions about those presented. I feel you are caughtbetween a rock and a hard place, and empathize with you and everyone involved as you work this onethrough, hopefully in a manner that we can all feel good about.

Sheila Weaver, Gibsons

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