Lament­ing lack of har­bour de­vel­op­ment in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - OPINION -

Well, fi­nally some­one has seen the light emit­ting from some dis­tant light­house and that per­son is Ron De­laney, the di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and Tourism with the Town of Bay Roberts.

What I am re­fer­ring to is an ar­ti­cle from the weekend’s edi­tion of The Tele­gram dated April 5, 2014, in a spe­cial sec­tion called “Hori­zons 2014.”

De­laney ex­plains in de­tail the re­la­tion­ship and con­nec­tion Bay Roberts sea­port has to the ma­rine in­dus­try and what his town can of­fer to those in­ter­ested par­ties who may wish to do busi­ness there. The ar­ti­cle is cer­tainly worth the read.

In 2010, I com­pleted a cer­ti­fied port ex­ec­u­tive course (CPE) with the Mac­Don­nell Group in Halifax. It was a course through my em­ployer un­der the ca­reer de­vel­op­ment pro­gram. It specif­i­cally dealt with all topics and is­sues sur­round­ing port en­hance­ment, de­vel­op­ment and trans­porta­tion method­ol­ogy of in­cor­po­rat­ing ex­ist­ing port fea­tures into a mar­ket­ing strat­egy to en­tice busi­ness.

Not sur­pris­ingly, it is word for word sim­i­lar to what De­laney is propos­ing and there are so many quotes from the ar­ti­cle that I would like to post but there is one that struck me the most and that was:

“With so many small businesses op­er­at­ing in the area, De­laney sees it as the town’s duty to try and de­velop the har­bour.”

Bay Roberts seems hardly the place as de­scribe in an ar­ti­cle in­di­cat­ing a place least likely to live. Some­one got their wires crossed there on that one, it’s more like a place that may well one day re­place The Hub of the Bay — Car­bon­ear — as a place to live and grow a busi­ness and fam­ily.

To me and maybe even you, I see no dif­fer­ence in Car­bon­ear to that of Bay Roberts, but there are dif­fer­ences and if you dig deep enough the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two towns grad­u­ally be­gin to sep­a­rate and the dis­tance ever grows.

This com­ing sum­mer we (and I say all vested par­ties) will try once again to forge ahead with the Car­bon­ear Is­land De­vel­op­ment and for those who are not up to date, well for the past two years there has been no move­ment or ac­tiv­ity per­tain­ing to it, in part due to many mis­ad­ven­tures sur­round­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process. The Car­bon­ear Is­land De­vel­op­ment is like hav­ing all your eggs in one bas­ket and it’s a dan­ger­ous recipe even for the most pru­dent of stock mar­ket in­vestors.

Now that we have the elec­tions be­hind us and we have a full com­ple­ment of com­pe­tent coun­cil­lors and staff at the Town of Car­bon­ear, which one, if any, will un­der­take such a task as har­bour de­vel­op­ment? Or will it be the con­tin­u­ing saga in cham­bers of just “yays” and “nays?”

All this re­minds me of a movie quo­ta­tion and say­ing: “Walk tall and carry a big stick.” If you in­cor­po­rate Car­bon­ear into the script, then it would read more like: “Walk tall and carry a walk­ing cane,” es­pe­cially at the rate we are pro­gress­ing.

— Dean J. Pen­ney writes from


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