Lagoon has users
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.