Carbonear should take a cue from Bay Roberts
Again I sit and ponder about issues regarding our harbour in Carbonear, and then when I read an article headline “Bay Roberts waiting for its ships to come in” in the Dec. 20 edition of The Compass, I feel that questions I have need to be answered.
I guess the paragraphs that struck me the most were that of Coun. Clarence Mercer’s thoughts, or rather visions, pertaining to smaller cruise ships that are associated with the Adventure Cruise Lines visiting the port of Bay Roberts, since Bay Roberts is already a member of the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (CANAL).
Just to summarize the above, these smaller cruise ships regularly visit smaller ports around the island whereby on average 500 to 600 people are disembarking and experiencing the cultures and attractions that the various communities have to offer.
I see and believe in Mr. Mercer’s vision in that I too can picture these same tourists walking the streets of Carbonear and enjoying that same cultural experience. I guess Mr. Mercer and I are much alike, both visionaries.
Yet again I see another town presenting itself in the forefront, never a follower but rather a leader, and I sit here in my chair reading about their involved focus on their harbour, all the while our town sits idly by being a follower, maybe forever behind the eight ball.
I see many similarities and attributes with those of Bay Roberts, and I have vocally indicated similar thoughts with those of Mr. Mercer to ears who willingly and eagerly want to listen, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears.
So I have to ask a couple of questions and I hope to receive an answer via this medium so all the townspeople of Carbonear can see and understand our town’s position.
To the mayor and councillors of our town: Have we vigorously pursued a similar venture as that of Bay Roberts? If yes, then what are the results? If not, why haven’t we?
In retrospect, I guess the whole article irked me in one sense or another, ranging from the Town of Bay Roberts’ understanding and commitment to the harbour and how the harbour and local businesses are closely interconnected, and not separate entities. I would be pretty condescending if I didn’t mention some positive news about our own, especially these past two years of an archeology dig on Carbonear Island and possible future development. And more recently I understand surveyors were conducting site work in preparation for a possible future breakwater.
Then again, as investor would tell you, you should never put all your eggs in one basket, especially when we already have perfect infrastructure in place with that of the Harbour Authority of Carbonear and it’s facility, or rather our facility — the Carbonear public wharf. Dean J. Penney is the owner/operator of Island
Charter Tours. He writes from Carbonear.