La­goon has users

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

The de­vel­oper of the pro­posed ca­ble-ski op­er­a­tion at Aotea La­goon con­firmed to Friends of Aotea (Novem­ber 17 meet­ing) that ex­ist­ing la­goon users will not be im­pacted.

So ex­ist­ing model boat users can con­tinue to use the la­goon un­in­ter­rupted, par­ents can con­tinue to teach their kids fish­ing skills in the safe la­goon en­vi­ron­ment, and walk­ers are ‘‘guar­an­teed not to be splashed’’ by wind-driven spray.

Mr Mar­low claims to have been to the la­goon ‘‘over 150 times, and never seen a model boat or some­one fish­ing’’. I guess this is pos­si­ble, but he can not state that ‘‘no-one uses the water’’. I hap­pened to visit the la­goon the very day fol­low­ing the Friends of Aotea com­mu­nity meet­ing at which he spoke.

About a dozen peo­ple were rac­ing ra­dio-con­trolled sail­boats around the buoys dur­ing my 2 hour visit. This was of course no sur­prise, hav­ing seen – and been one of – such users many times be­fore.

Sev­eral weeks ear­lier, a wed­ding was tak­ing place on the is­land that he in­tends to dig up. I’m sure the bri­dal party and guests en­joyed their pho­tos with­out tow­ers and ca­bles in­trud­ing.

Mr Mar­low is view­ing this valu­able shared com­mu­nity re­source with very rose-tinted glasses.

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