Cupids councillor suggests recreation commission take over marina
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.
The Cupids Pointe Beach Marina was a topic of discussion at the May 2 Cupids council meeting.