Sum­mer­land coun­cil not eas­ily swayed

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS - Andy Richards, Sum­mer­land

Ed­i­tor: I had been sit­ting on the fence for a while watch­ing the de­bate on the Banks Cres­cent pro­posal when some­thing struck me. I was re­minded how the Sum­mer­land Hills Golf Re­sort project suf­fered de­lay af­ter de­lay and ended up be­ing can­celled be­cause of the op­po­si­tion by a small but vo­cal spe­cial in­ter­est group that had, all of a sud­den, turned into rav­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists bent on sav­ing our com­mu­nity.

So I started look­ing into the facts and dis­cov­ered some sim­i­lar­i­ties in method with the present anti-project group.

I no­ticed mis­lead­ing ques­tions on their pe­ti­tion that re­ally had no bear­ing on the dis­cus­sion about the project. I have also heard that busi­nesses have been threat­ened with boy­cotts if they come out in sup­port of the project.

So to gather more facts, I took a drive to the site. I could to­tally un­der­stand how the sur­round­ing home­own­ers might be up­set at los­ing their gor­geous view of vine­yards and the lake. Un­for­tu­nately, when you don’t own the prop­er­ties in front of that view, there is al­ways the chance that the view can change.

How­ever, I also un­der­stand that Sum­mer­land needs more good jobs. We need more up­scale res­i­dents to move to our beau­ti­ful town and con­trib­ute to our tax base and shop in lo­cal busi­nesses.

Af­ter some anal­y­sis, I was heart­ened to see that mayor and coun­cil were ac­tu­ally do­ing the job we elected them for in not let­ting a small vo­cal group in­flu­ence them.

It ap­pears our elected lead­ers are prop­erly look­ing at the facts and not rhetoric in de­ter­min­ing whether this project will or will not get the green light.

I also ex­pect mayor and coun­cil to keep the de­vel­oper hon­est and have all the facts be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion then mak­ing what they be­lieve is the right call for all the cit­i­zens of Sum­mer­land. That is what we elected you for.

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