Manteo Resort agrees to marina realignment and reduction in size

An agreement has avoided a potential dispute about the size and alignment of the marina under construction by Manteo Resort.

The KLO Neighbourhood Association had raised concerns about how the number of dock boat slips and location of the marina would have a negative impact on the popular Rotary Beach.

The association said regular users of the beach had also raised those same concerns to the association.

When the association initially looked into the issue, it was understood the new Manteo marina met the requirements set out by the Federal Department of Transportation, BC Ministry of Environment and City of Kelowna.  Further, the association discovered that the approval process took some seven years and allowed time for public input.

Given those approvals and the current status of construction, we were generally discouraged about the possibility at this late date of having any changes made to address our concerns," said Michael Neill, vice-president of the KLONA in a news release.

But KLONA president Bob Whitehead and Neill met with the Manteo ownership to discuss how the view corridor could be improved by removing part of the dock. Although the drawings of the proposed docks show them to be within the frontage of Manteo's waterfront, the curve of the bay shared by both Manteo and Rotary resulted in sight lines from Rotary Beach that made the docks appear to be in front of the south end of the beach. This did not become apparent until the pilings for the docks were set in place.

"Manteo Resort is an active part of our business community and recognizes its responsibility within the neighbourhood.  As a result of our meeting Manteo has agreed the marina will be modified and boat slips reduced, which will improve view sightlines and kite surfing area. The membership of the KLO Neighbourhood Association thank Manteo for working with the community on this sensitive matter," Neill said.




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