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Friday, May 13, 2011

Endangered Species?

My comments are below this brief story.

Port Authority Officially Opens New Cruise Ship Terminal

The Nanaimo Port Authority, politicians of every stripe and more than 170 invited guests were on hand last Friday to officially open the stunning new $24 million Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal.The facility took 10 months to build, on the northeast corner of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf terminal, near the Gabriola Island ferry terminal. It has a 350-foot floating dock capable of berthing 1,050-foot vessels and a 13,775 square foot welcome centre that will have a Canadian Border Service Agency office. The port authority administration office will relocate there this summer. Improved access, new roadways, parking and a pick-up and drop-off for coaches are also included in the design.

Question? Why was I not invited? It was my and your taxes that paid for this so it should have been open to the public. Sure they say there will be a general opening but what makes these folk any more special than you or I.

The Picture entitled Endangered Species is something I wanted to show in part due to the fact that there are only four cruise ships scheduled this year to land at the new facility. The number of cruises that have been stopping in the harbour prior to this year has been on the decline and there is no gaurantee they will not stop altogether. If I recall Disney no longer has criuise ships stopping in Vancouver favouring Seattle instead.

I hope I am wrong but fear I am not and we will be paying for this, as we already do the Convention Centre, for years to come.

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