To the editor:
I have expressed my concerns to the manager of Central Okanagan Regional District regarding the changes being made to the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour boat launch and to date they have fallen on deaf ears.
The main concern is the fact that the south breakwater has been completely removed. As our prevailing winds are from the south this was a vital oversight.
The other issue is the courtesy dock that is currently being built. It is, without a doubt, in the wrong location as well as it’s too high out of the water to be used, with the exception of approximately one month in the spring when the lake is at full pool. To rectify this major issue the dock must be removed all together or, if CORD is adamant about spending tax dollars, then the dock should be moved to the south side of the ramp which will help to keep boats off the rocks.
I have voiced my concerns to the workers from Burton Marine who are doing the construction and they are very aware the dock is all wrong but apparently no one at CORD pays attention to them either.
Us fishers, who use this year-round, need changes made so we can utilize this facility. Keep in mind, fishing adds millions of dollars to the economy annually.
It is my opinion that it is not too late to rectify these issues and return this facility back to what it was—the best launch in the Okanagan !