Cupids coun­cil­lor sug­gests re­cre­ation com­mis­sion take over ma­rina

The Compass - - News - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON THE COM­PASS editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A Cupids coun­cil­lor is ad­vo­cat­ing for the town to trans­fer ma­rina oper­a­tions from a lo­cal boat own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion to the town’s new re­cre­ation com­mit­tee.

The Cupids Boat Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished in 2010 and has been re­spon­si­ble for the Cupids Pointe Beach Ma­rina ever since. The Town of Cupids owns the ma­rina it­self.

At the May 2 coun­cil meet­ing, Coun. Mike Power pre­sented a let­ter to Mayor Gor­don Power ex­press­ing his de­sire to see the Cupids Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion take over the ma­rina. Coun. Power is that com­mit­tee’s li­ai­son for coun­cil.

“I was talk­ing with the re­cre­ation (com­mis­sion) and ask­ing them about the ma­rina down there, and where it’s the only piece we’ve got left be­sides the play­ground that we haven’t got built yet, I was won­der­ing if they were will­ing to look af­ter it,” he said.

Coun. Power would like to see berths at the ma­rina as­signed to per­ma­nent vot­ing res­i­dents first, with summer res­i­dents who pay taxes to the town next, fol­lowed by peo­ple liv­ing out­side Cupids. Coun. Power also wants to limit berths to one per house­hold, though he wouldn’t have a prob­lem with berth hold­ers shar­ing with oth­ers.

Mayor Power said this would be a mat­ter for coun­cil to dis­cuss fur­ther, though he ad­mit­ted to agree­ing with his coun­ter­part on the fair­ness of hav­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dents get the first chance to ac­quire berths.

“I agree with the stuff that’s there — to the res­i­dents first, the tax­pay­ers and per­ma­nent res­i­dents there, and there should only be one berth per house­hold,” the mayor said. “I went through and looked at all the mari­nas in New­found­land, their con­sti­tu­tions and their rules and reg­u­la­tions, and they’ve got some now that are way dif­fer­ent than they are (in Cupids).”

Cur­rently, a po­ten­tial user of the ma­rina must be­come a mem­ber of the boat own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion. The Ma­rina re­port­edly has 35 berths.

Ger­ald Mur­phy, sec­re­tary of the Cupids Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion, said mem­bers of the com­mit­tee have not for­mally en­dorsed the idea of tak­ing over oper­a­tions at the ma­rina, but he likes the idea.

“There’s all kinds of grants it opens up as well, be­cause we’re cur­rently look­ing at some stu­dent grants for high school stu­dents this year,” he said.

Like Coun. Power, Mur­phy be­lieves per­ma­nent res­i­dent should have the first op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess berths.

The Cupids Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion was formed in Jan­uary of this year. Mur­phy said the com­mit­tee would need to dis­cuss the is­sue fur­ther, though some in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tions be­tween mem­bers have taken place on the mat­ter.

“I can’t see it be­ing an is­sue, but there’s def­i­nitely noth­ing passed yet,” he said.

The Com­pass at­tempted to con­tact the chair of the Cupids Boat Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Bob Bishop, who could not be reached for com­ment.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

The Cupids Pointe Beach Ma­rina was a topic of dis­cus­sion at the May 2 Cupids coun­cil meet­ing.

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