Residents on the Coast will be faced with many decisions in the coming months - decisions that will shape the future and what we want the Coast to look like in the coming years.
One decision for folks in Gibsons needs attention right now, and that decision is what to do with Gospel Rock.
Gospel Rock has been on the minds of many for more years than we can count. It's been the source of controversy as plans for developing the area have been under much scrutiny. Residents packed the Gibsons Community Centre on June 2 to view the two proposed development options put forth by the Gospel Rock select committee. It was also a chance to voice further concerns over the plans. It was a good meeting with a positive exchange of dialogue. And that positive exchange needs to continue. This week the Town of Gibsons is mailing out survey packages to every household in the Town.
It is imperative that residents in Gibsons take the time to complete this survey. All too often lately, residents have been critical of their politicians for not having an "open and transparent" process when it comes to development. Some residents have felt that their politicians aren't listening to their concerns and that they have no ability to provide input. Well, folks, here's your chance. Whether you want waterfront development on Gospel Rock or whether you want it to stay the same, voice your opinion. Stand up and be counted and give the Town and the steering committee the information they need to aid them in making the right decision - a decision we all can hopefully be proud of and know at the end of the day that everyone played a part in that decision.
A viable link?Coastal Link Ferries (CLF) is continuing plans to provide a new passenger ferry service between Gibsons and downtown Vancouver. Company officials were on hand last Thursday to meet with residents and address concerns. It was a good exchange of ideas and information and it appears the service, once it gets operational, would be welcomed by residents. If CLF is sincere in its desires and lives up to its promises, then the service could work. We wish them luck, and we also have a little advice - don't make promises you can't keep. If you do, your service is doomed to failure.