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REPORTING · 20th October 2012
Walter McFarlane
Even though the beach is back, Kitimat City Council is still looking at options for waterfront access. In a report to Council on Monday, October 15th, the Leisure Services Advisory Commission delivered a report on six options for Kayak launching locations and the pros and cons around them.

A recommendation came forward to write a letter to the Regional District and request the fees for launching Kayaks and canoes from MK Bay Marina be removed and that the Regional District attempt to overcome any liability issues to allow for the no charge launching of Kayaks and Canoes from the MK Marina Boat Launch.

Councillor Phil Germuth made the motion. Councillor Corrine Scott suggested a friendly amendment because she was concerned with the motion only referring to Kayaks and Canoes. She suggested there were other types of boats.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff suggested anything that does not involve a trailer. He agreed with the motion but he did not think it was enough. He expressed Minette Bay was better for weather conditions and motion will need to be revisited down the line.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan expressed Feldhoff may have missed out on quite a few things which they are working with Rio Tinto Alcan.

Scott agreed with Feldhoff but being able to launch ‘untrailerable’ watercraft was a small step.

The motion to write the Regional District was called and carried.
Bigger picture?
Comment by Hamish on 20th October 2012
With the recent announcement of the Haisla deal with the Provincial Gov't. here>
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/bc-haisla-sign-ownership-deal-for-potential-gas-development-site/article4545194/.

I am curious if we are looking for the same deal.
This deal is available to the District of Kitimat aswell, What are we doing?

Looking for a spot to punt out a kayak or dingy is so insignificant to real business potential for this district.
Being part of a community with no water access is hopeless.
I already pay a small fortune to launch my boat from MK Bay which is regional government.
Why not expand our minds and get a hold of some water front access once and for all.
No more relying on others for a handout or having to empty the pockets just to go fishing.
Who knows, maybe some industry might want to build on it as well and we as a community can increase our tax revenue.