Port Alice residents speak out on marina

I am writing in regards to our regular council meeting held on June 22, 2011 at the Community Center; delegation: proposed marina.

Dear editor,

I am writing in regards to our regular council meeting held on June 22, 2011 at the Community Center; delegation: proposed marina.

First, thank you to all the attendees, approximately 50, who took the time to come, listen and show interest as to what is happening in our community.

Strong, open communication between the elected and the qualified voters is the only way we can share new ideas and build a stronger more viable community.

We need to talk, decide, act and interact more with one another.

Thank you to Mayor (Gail) Neely for her opening statements on how the marina referendum started back in 2007, for those of us who were not here at the time of voting. I do hope the attendees left the meeting with a broader understanding as to what we do and why certain decisions are made on council.

Do keep an open mind.

Promoting economic prosperity will only help us improve the quality of life in Port Alice.

This is a wide, wonderful field that plays a critical role in our society and affects people’s lives in a profound way.

In 2007 the majority of the electorate agreed to building a marina, but things have changed since then, that is now known and has been voiced by many.  Thank you!

Up until approximately three months ago council was not aware how many people were opposed to the proposed marina.

We do appreciate and most importantly welcome your ideas, thoughts and solutions to the problems we are facing on a daily basis.

Finally we do need to improve our quality of life.

A proper conception of economic development must embrace the concept of sustainability, meeting the needs of our current generation without compromising the ability of future generations.

We are not there yet but we can do it together.

That is, our goal should be to grow employers, jobs and incomes without compromising our natural serenity around us and other assets.

Our time will come.

There are some exciting times ahead of us.

The village upgrades are continuing, Neucel is doing well, new families are moving in and (there will be an) election in the fall.

Things are improving and will continue to do so as long as we work together.

Once again, thank you to all the attendees that came out last week.

It brought a smile to my face knowing people do care.

Coun. Dawn Marie Martynyk

Port Alice