To the Editor,
Re: Council balks at Clutesi Haven lease renewal, (April 16, Alberni Valley News.)
Council wants to pursue a commercial development on the Clutesi Haven Marina land?
There are approximately 175 boat slips at Clutesi Haven Marina where boaters tie up their boats all year round. This is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to the number of boaters who come from other places, other provinces and the United States.
Perhaps council should consider Clutesi Haven Marina’s economical value to Port Alberni, often advertised as The Salmon Capital Of The World.
This is also where the boat launch is, and it is well used.
When I read a statement from Coun.Chris Alemany that it had been too long that Clutesi Haven Marina had sat there unused and that a parking lot was not good enough, I had to read that twice.
As for parking, where are all these people suppose to park their vehicles, and if they just launched their boat park their boat trailers as well?
The new Ford dealership on Beaver Creek Road is where some used to park.
Can you imagine the mess on River Road and a limited amount of residential streets in the area as people try to find parking? As well as parking for a commercial development?
Then there is the Salmon Derby. This is where every year some charitable organizations set up there salmon barbecues and etc. to help fill the money pot to help those in need.
I would say Clutesi is well used as it is.