Another plea for Carbonear breakwater
Recently, I listened to a newsreel clip of an announcement regarding the marina in Lewisporte with regards to its many upgrades and their outlook on the future. The clip goes basically like this: over the last several years the Lewisporte Marina has made many upgrades to its facility including electrical, boat refuelling, access to water and, more important, space for long-term boating residents and boaters wishing to visit the facility.
It has been such a success that now they are vying for 75 new berths for boaters. It has been such a hit that boaters from around the world including Poland, Norway and Germany have stopped into Lewisporte while transiting across the Atlantic. It has been such a hit that the word of Lewisporte Marina is passed by word-of-mouth amongst the sailing community and to support this, there was an interview with a German sailor who was told of Lewisporte from a sailor from Greenland. The German sailor indicated that he would have to think very very hard to find even one fault with the marina. Now if that isn’t a positive testament to success.
It makes me wonder why we don’t have anything similar, or rather I should put this in there, “remotely” similar? And before I write further, I have to say congratulations to Lewisporte on a fine job. Well done.
The Harbour Grace Marina, located on the southside, is a good example what we need. However, upon a recent visit, I almost see more fishing vessels than small pleasure boats. I’m sure there is a need and a place for such large vessels, but I’m not sure that basin is the right choice.
I look at the Carbonear wharf facility and I have to wear blinkers like horses would use or develop some sort of perceptual narrowing vision because once again an article like that one of Lewisporte just makes me sick when I think of our own.
More recently, a small sail boat was looking for safe berthage from high winds, and fortunately or unfortunately — you be the choice — he made it into Carbonear, only to be battered almost to pieces where he had docked. Well, luckily for him, all went well and he made it through the night.
I can only imagine the enjoyable night that he would have had if he had sought shelter within our breakwater, where other small boaters from around the world had sought safe shelter from the storm. Oh that’s right, what Breakwater?
As some of you might not know, the Harbour Authority of Carbonear have actively and tirelessly been seeking such a breakwater, similar to that of Old Perlican and Ochre Pit Cove, that would protect boats from such weather.
Such a breakwater would not only do the above, but just think of the economic base it would generate with regards to tourism, etc. We now have the museum opening up and yet when tourists decide to stroll our streets and find themselves at the wharf ’s edge, they must asked themselves, “ What’s this?”
I will conclude with a quote from Mayor Sam Slade, which appeared in the July 26 edition of The Compass on the official reopening of the Carbonear Swimming Pool.
The mayor stated: “ The project would not be possible without the support of other levels of government.”
That’s the kind of support we need, but something I just don’t think we have. I see that Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy has his name attached to openings and announcements of various projects around the district, but yet I think he needs a compass to find the wharf in Carbonear. Dean J. Penney