THE BREAKWATER PARK RENAMING PROPOSAL is dead according to a City Staff report.
Here's some of what's interesting in this issue:
HERE YOU ARE LOOKING southwest from a vantage upstairs at the Radisson Hotel. Click here for a much larger version of this photo.
What you see in the middle-distance is the tumble-stone breakwall of Confederation Basin. In the right-foreground is part of the 250 meters of new tumble-stone shoreline around Block-D's Token Park.
In the past this 250m of Block-D perimeter was a corrugated metal seawall where boats could tie-up. It was a pretty good place for boat-passenger dropoffs and pickups when the marina's docks were packed in the summertime. It was a fine venue for model-boat racing. It has been said that many late-summer-night skinny-dips took place there in the hours between closing-time and dawn.
This was, in short, usable shoreline which is in very short supply around here. But that was then.
Let history show that, in the Harvey Rosen era, the City of Kingston transformed this once-usable protected shoreline into severe inaccessible shoreline. Which begs the question: why? All this is on calm waters that are amply protected by the massive Confederation Basin breakwall.
This is another waterfront loss in Kingston, one of many that have recently occurred because of the raving lunatics who lead and manage this unfortunate city.
Thanks to Joanna Bull for the photo.
STICKING-IT to the M.O.E. in the latest Lake Ontario Waterkeeper podcast.
It's about the Lafarge case in Bath, Ontario coming to an end. It's a most excellent 26-minute listen.
THIS is scandalous. Get a load of this:
At the next Council meeting, senior city managers Cynthia Beach and Lanie Hurdle (remember the wonderful, wonderful LVEC project?) want to add $200,000 to the budget for Token Park to cover some glaring planning oversights. Like lighting, and accessibility.
To finance this, these people want to filch $55,000 from the city's waterfront improvement account, $55,000 from the cycling and pathway account, and $90,000 remaining in the City Park splash-pad account.
Because, you know, we're up-to-our-eyeballs in recreational infrastructure here in Kingston.
TWO WATERFRONT ITEMS on Tuesday's Council agenda.
It looks like a sweetheart deal for KBL. The city is applying the same linear-footage charge they use for non-commerical pleasure boats one-tenth the length of these vessels.
Winter storage fees ought to be a function of area occupied, not just nominal length.
KBL will be storing its three large wedding-cake vessels for about five-months, through April 30th, for the grand-total of, get this, $4,784 plus hydro for the bubblers.
The normal folks paying over $600 in POH winter storage fees for their relatively tiny 30x10-foot sailboats can read that again.
When it comes to selling waterfront short, when is the City of Kingston not a pushover?