Boat launch idea gets the brakes

The boat launch proposed to be constructed on the Ferry Island campground has been withdrawn.

“Although we believed there were merits to the site, we wanted to respect the concerns of those opposed and withdraw the project,” said Michael Hogg, a member of the boating group who had put forth the idea.

“We wanted a project that the community would see as beneficial, which was not the perception of the launch site that was emerging from those who were against it.”

The boating group had originally wanted to decrease congestion at the Kalum River launch by suggesting a launch in city limits.

After looking at various locations, the south side of the new bridge on the inner channel (the area on Ferry Island facing Walmart) was seen as the preferred launch site. The boating group had gathered money from the rotary club and in-kind donations to pay for it and needed city and government approval.

But the city was contacted by residents opposed to the idea, with objections ranging from bad location and increased traffic and noise to impacts on campers and the habitat.

Hogg said various government bodies and businesses had been putting time into the boat launch application, but after the objections, the boating group will be stepping back.

“At present we are not actively pursuing an alternative site,

but nor have we closed the door to considering other prospective sites,” he said.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
B.C. to announce Peace River dam decision
Hydro power switched on in the Iskut area
Growing pains for police investigation unit
Salmo senior killed in collision
Woman rushed to hospital after train and car collision
Report outlines challenges facing Prince Rupert airport due to capacity of Digby Island Ferry
RDEK Directors officially sworn in
Elkford celebrates the re-birth of Rocky Mountain Elementary

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.