Marina letter draws a response

Resident provides some feedback on the Outback marina plan

I find it very necessary to respond to a letter from Nov. 18 titled about the Outback marina.

It is not impossible to have a marina in Quarry Bay as pointed out to the marina committee the last time they applied, as plans for a proper marina were ignored.

You forgot the environment as it is one of our main concerns. I feel it should be mentioned.

You may have been misinformed in regards to the “massive field of buoys.” They will still be there, or a good portion of them, as well as the marina. One doesn’t negate the other. Wouldn’t that be aesthetically pleasing?

All boats spew out some fluids. It’s not if…

Although the actual boat noise is not pleasant for us, the noise from inside is equally, just as bad. Wouldn’t you agree that a marina typically draws people out to their boats, who just sit there all day and party? And with liquor laws as they are for boaters, it’s pretty reasonable to assume this is, in fact, what could happen.

Dangerous? If it should ever happen that all, or even some, of the 72 boats are out on the lake at the same time and one of the south wind storms that Okanagan Lake is known for hits, can you imagine the mayhem?

All of those boaters, with their families aboard, panicking and in a hurry to dock their boats and trying to maneuver around the breakwater with the neighbours.

Having waves rebounding back toward the incoming waves after they’ve hit the beach, there will be no maneuvering, no control.

Not to mention the outcropping of hidden rocks, just under the surface of the water on the east side of the bay. It would be a nightmare. Not unlike the video of the Quarry Bay marina being thrown about, that can be seen on You Tube. Incidentally that was, as well, a south wind storm.

There is no eye appeal to either the field of buoys or a marina. That is why we feel having the marina on the outer edge by Quarry Bay is the only option.

It’s in front of the resort only and not affecting anyone else’s access or use of their property. And it has no affect on the habitat in the bay as well.

And I do apologize to those that have to look at it as they pass by. Other communities on the lake have gained the right to have a say as to how many buoys can be in front of a property, and not to have to go through the provincial and federal agencies. Maybe Vernon will be able to do the same at some point?

Lisa Lauzon


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