Move a beach

Selling Canal Beach when tenants are helping revitalize Port Alberni and our waterfront is backward thinking, reader says.

To the Editor,

I am deeply saddened by the news that council has voted to issue a request for proposals for the sale of the old plywood site.

I have spent time at Canal Beach (formerly Wild West Watersports) and their vision to revitalize our waterfront is exactly what this town needs.

Surrounded by industry, Canal Beach is a vibrant location, teeming with kite surfing, swimming and windsurfing.  The owners are outgoing, active in the community and have spent countless hours at the site hosting tourists, teaching lessons and cleaning up the area.

To sell off this land now, when there are current tenants who have an active vision to help revitalize Port Alberni and our waterfront, is backward thinking.

Here’s hoping the vision for Port Alberni’s future involves more than industry, and includes businesses that improve our town, as Canal Beach does.

Emily Priestley,

Port Alberni