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.

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