GOOD VIDEO of Hub Steenbakkers of Collins Bay Marina explaining to CKWS-TV all about wisely using new-style inflatable life jackets.
This was part of a recent event to educate the public about boating and life jacket safety.
HUB AND MICHELLE STEENBAKKERS at Collins Bay Marina have won the Natural Marine National Environment Award
It's good to see the City and KEDCO finally pulling together for regattas and sorely-needed regatta-related improvements to our aging (crumbling?) marina infrastructure.
Also interesting is the 21-page ISAF Guidelines for the 2014 Worlds. Read the whole thing; it involves very significant on-water assets, concessions to ISAF micro-management, and deference to an expensive IOC-style "V.I.P." culture. Almost all of this excess is supposedly on the host committee's tab.
Do all aspects or European-style sport-federation dictates fly here in North America, specifically here in Kingston? Certainly not.
These time-sensitive reports go before Council for approval on Tuesday evening. Any delay means Kingston misses deadlines to bid. The last-minute nature of this is almost entirely due to the ISAF, who recently decided to hold the event in 2014, not 2015 as originally expected.
The 2011 ISAF Worlds are in Perth, Australia in December 2011.
"Perth 2011 is expected to be three times bigger than the America's Cup Defence."
IT'S THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY ALREADY.
Here is the status of online marketing efforts by several prominent waterfront-related organizations for the summer of 2010.
That's pathetic, no?
For the most part, 2010 dates should be posted within two weeks of the end of the 2009 boating season.
It's long-past the point of anybody caring about your Summer 2009 calendar.
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.
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?
THREE NOTABLE ITEMS on City Council's agenda for the meeting of October 6 2009.
Read the Recreation & Leisure Services Department 2009-2010 Priorities and observe the degree to which waterfront just isn't on the radar. What's waterfront-related is either stalled, or token.
Waterfront items include:
Reading the article, evidently Bill Steenbakkers' original vision for the marina remains intact nearly forty years later.
The suceess of Collins Bay Marina was never assured -- it's interesting that there were already two other marinas on the Bay when Collins Bay Marina was built.
BILL STEENBAKKERS, patriarch of Collins Bay Marina which he founded in 1971, passed away on Sunday. He was 82 years old.
THE SITE PLAN FOR TOKEN PARK goes before the City Planning Committee on Thursday night.
Related: Token Park news archive.
The number of exhibitors appears down somewhat, but not nearly as much as you might expect.
What's different this year? Commercially the show appears nearly as strong as last year. The difference between 2008 and 2009 is almost entirely due to local marinas, clubs and several non-profit organizations who are no-shows this year.
HOLLY MORRISON is apparently the new Acting Supervisor of Kingston's municipal marinas, replacing Ed Leeman.
GRASPING AT STRAWS for Kingston waterfront promotion.
ON TUESDAY'S COUNCIL AGENDA is the City Marinas Sustainable Strategy and Business Plan whose weeks-delayed public release was thoroughly botched last month following its truly bizarre August 2006 inception as a suspiciously narrowly-circulated RFI.
(Hey, you have to agree: it's a great way to run a railroad.)
FINALLY, for perhaps the first time in the seemingly endless Harvey Rosen era, Kingston waterfront takes a step that's NOT downright stupid, or ridiculously over-hyped, or shamefully stalled, or dirigiste, or laughably incomplete, or botched, or totally wasted, or commandeered by a raving bo-bo or otherwise seriously retrograde.
This bucks the unmistakable trend:
THAT the recommendation for the relocation of the Coast Guard at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour be exempted from the above clauses, and that it be referred back to staff for review and reconsideration in light of the community concerns raised within correspondence and through a delegation to the Committee on behalf of the Portsmouth Villagers Community Association.
Related: Anne Milina Outlook Point, the waterfront park that stands to be clobbered by said Coast Guard relocation.
It sits on the southeastern edge of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on land formerly controlled by Corrections Canada. It was opened in June 2008.
The point is also known as Hatters Bay Park
The recently released consultant's report, titled Kingston Marinas Sustainability and Development Strategy and Business Plan says this about the the Coast Guard building that sits on the Western edge of the POH property.
Current Coast Guard building inadequate for their needs considering relocation to east side of harbour at Hadders (sic) Bay Park.
Among the plan's recommendations for POH is number 7:
Recommendation POH7 : Collaborate with the Coast Guard to develop and implement a plan for relocating and enlarging their land-based facilities and berth, while relocating Hatters Bay Park to current Coast Guard location at southwest corner of site.
Financial Implications: Minimal or no cost to City of Kingston.
Timing: Q4 2008- Q2 2009 (sic)
Understandably, clobbering a beautiful waterfront park and moving it to a concrete-surrounded petrol-station-sign-dominated place in the shadow of tall condo buildings has folks in Portsmouth Village a little disturbed.
But more to the point, according to the consultant, all this is supposed to happen at minimal or no cost to City of Kingston.
It's a really stupid idea on so many levels. Still, it's out-there, floating-around as someone's bright idea for our waterfront.
Nevermind that there's no other publicly accessible waterfront between there and Breakwater Park, a full 1.2 kilometers to the east, as the crow flies.
Update 3:16 PM: Finally a readable version of the City Marina Business Plan (57 pages, 12 Mb PDF) is posted by the web-bozos at the City of Kingston. It's an incomplete posting, lacking appendices.
Update 7:00 PM: Here's the original sloppy version (164 pages, 7 Mb PDF) first posted by the City. At least this one contains the appendices. It's just ridiculous how the public gets waxed by the systematic incompetence of the City of Kingston Communications Department.
The communications bozos at the City of Kingston have posted a sloppily-scanned borderline unreadable City Marina report.
I'm trying to obtain a readable version to post.
The report is dated January 5th. The City Committee meeting is tomorrow night. This smells exactly like the folks we all know running their usual railroad.
The screwing-up of Kingston's Waterfront is apparently continuing unabated. Early public participation and input in waterfront-related processes is clearly not in the cards, and marinas is no exception. Quite the opposite, evidently.
The Black Angus is the 100-year-old 28-foot wood double-ended clinker fishing boat restored by volunteers at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and re-launched this August after 7,000 hours of restauration.
Thanks to John Duerkop for the photos.
MARINAS.COM has a very impressive database of aerial photographs of marinas all over the world, including many in the region. Have a look.
HERE'S THE LINEUP of exhibitors for the Kingston Boat Show this upcoming weekend.
It's a pretty good list, all things considered.
From Boating Industry Canada:
The CMM designation is a professional qualification and certification program assuring marina customers, investors, bankers, insurers and the public that marina properties are professionally managed and run. The award follows his completion of the Advanced Marina Management course, providing training in site planning, marina-development skills, marina-operation techniques, business strategies, risks and liabilities and environmental policies. Hub becomes only the 4th person in Canada and the 212th person in the world to attain this certification since the programs inception in 1992.
Hub owns and operates Collins Bay Marina.
POSTPONED: The Crew overboard! seminar, originally scheduled for March 28th, is postponed to May 31. The new programme will include on-water practice following the seminar.
LAKE ONTARIO PARK MASTER PLAN - TERMS OF REFERENCE is a 7-page report just released by the City staff for a committee meeting later this week.
The Terms of Reference for the next phase are focused on finding a viable way of putting in place the vision and planning principles agreed to in the visioning exercise. The Phase I Planning Study achieved its goal of reaching a consensus on the future of Lake Ontario Park. Phase 2 of the park redevelopment process has three objectives which are:
- To develop and recommend a multi-year strategic direction and plan for the revitalization and rejuvenation of the park as a public community facility;
- To ensure ongoing and inclusive community consultation throughout the development of the plan and the related implementation strategy; and
- To develop and recommend a long-term financing and budget strategy for the capital construction and operating costs necessary to implement and maintain the recommended development plan.
Totally unlike, say, City marinas.
Request for proposal: MARINA SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PLAN (29 pages) released by The City of Kingston 9 days ago (March 10th).
But the RFP is still not posted on the City of Kingston Tenders, RFPs and RFIs web page.
Update: The RFP was finally posted sometime after 3:30 PM on March 19th.
When it comes to City Marinas we've seen BS like this before.
CITY OF KINGSTON REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL for partial dock replacement of "B" Dock at Confederation Basin Marina.
Interestingly this item apparently doesn't appear in the marinas section of the 2007-08 Municipal Capital Budget.
A a six-year Confederation Basin refurbishment program began in 2006.
The IWLC mission is tremendously important, but their membership, especially in Canada, is quite small. This year, Collins Bay Marina took steps to help expand that membership and strengthen their voice on our behalf.
The challenge is to other marinas and clubs to urge their members to support the IWLC.
We would like to challenge each marina, association, boating business and yacht club on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to mount a similar membership drive for the IWLC. Aware citizens, active in making our needs known to government, are the only route we have to protecting our waters, our recreation and our businesses.
Here's the current home page.
Your tax dollars at work; five-figure dollars worth.
Apparently nothing's changed since last November when this first came to light, then immediately taken offline.
It would be interesting to find out: who is well-served by misleading potential visitors to Kingston?
Note the adult and two kids, in a what appears to be a 15-foot canoe, mid-Harbour at dusk in imminent weather. Seriously, how improbable is that? How wise is that?
International-14 class sailboats haven't actively sailed here for quite some time; all "14" sailboats come here from out-of-town, and they are here maybe one-weekend a year. The boat pictured here is Toronto-based, shown in no-wind, flat-calm conditions, which is insulting, a bit like picturing a slalom skier in a farmer's field.
Adding just one more link-button to that web page looks very expensive. Guess how many files you'd need to touch to add another little box to the left of the canoe.
Is the KEDCO "blue belt" website like other websites KEDCO isn't able to maintain?
Take a guess: what percentage of visitors to Kingston ever get their feet wet in Kingston Harbour? A single-digit percentage? One-in-fifty, perhaps?
Take another guess: what percentage of Kingston residents ever get their feet wet in Kingston Harbour over the course of a typical year?
Do you suppose it might be because of fundamental waterfront inaccessibilities that exist here? Just who is KEDCO trying to kid?
It's one thing to try and lure visitors here, but it's quite another to be overtly dishonest about what we really have to offer.
The movers behind this "blue belt" website, Ross Cameron, Don Curtis, and KEDCO, are the very same folks who thought putting the LVEC on waterfront, expropriating MetalCraft Marine, totally eliminating Kingston Marina, and comandeering part of Fluhrer Park for the LVEC was a fine idea.
TOKEN PARK CONCEPT PLANS have finally been posted on the City website.
Observation: You've got to love how this city does business.
By not posting plans before the meeting, this assures an unprepared and uninformed audience at the meeting, all the better minimize the chance of derailing pre-conceived development plans.
This is really how our waterfront got so ruined: one step at a time. That's how Block-D got stuffed with tall buildings, and that's how the rest of us ended-up with a token-park.
Here we have a "proposed marina building" with no connection whatsoever to the marina. The foot of the nearest dock, on the west-side of the Radisson Hotel, is 245 m away. The foot of the main docks, on Clarence Street, is over 520m away. That's going to be a great marina building, don't you think?
Here is detail of the juncture between Token Park and the stone breakwater that surrounds Confederation Marina. Note the utter lack of vision: there's plenty of usable space on the stone breakwater. Waterfront cities world-wide that "get it" have piers and breakwalls people can walk on. But in Kingston? Nah! Token Park is really a dog park, a place where the condo owner's pets can "go", nevermind that there's acres of great waterfront space out on the stone breakwall.
APPROVAL OF 2008 CITY MARINA FEES is also on Council's agenda for Tuesday evening. It's on page 38 of the report if the link doesn't bring you directly there.
$220,000 FOR MARINA REPAIRS IN 2008 in a Whig story today. It's all about who should ultimately pay.
But the city's deputy mayor said Kingston has to accept the fact that it is not a waterfront city.
Deputy Mayor Bill Glover said the city has ignored waterfront development and a full range of services for citizens and boaters to enjoy.
THE ADMIRAL'S WALK APPLICATION FOR DRAFT PLAN OF SUBDIVISION is included in the documents for this week's City of Kingston Planning Committee meeting.
Therein is a lousy-quality scan of a "concept site plan", shown below; click the image to go to the source document.
The new theme appears to be, "maximum marina". How such a facility might work in practice, given the extremely limited shoreside space, certainly isn't clear.
A notable oddity: the diagram appears dated July 2006, which is surprising since we've not been shown anything remotely resembling this before.
The BMCM CARL BRASHEAR, Newport News' newFirestorm 30 fireboat from MetalCraft Marine, is now in service on the waters of Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay.
Recall that this was the vessel that mysteriously sank at the dock overnight at the Leeward Municipal Marina on March 21st, 2007.
Here's the marine surveyor's assessment of what happened that night.
Seven of the Kingston-area beaches are covered in the report:
Oddly Big Sandy Bay, one of Lake Ontrario's most beautiful beaches, isn't included.
Many of the observations arise from the abject neglect by our municipality for our beaches.
That's not the only beach-related thing that's neglected by the City.
On August 24th we were pleased to report that FINALLY WE HAVE AN ONLINE BEACH REPORT.
But our fears were well-founded: as it turns out, that online beach report is just another web page the City is unable to properly maintain. There has been no update in the two months since August 24th when the information was first posted.
BLUE WOODS MARINA IS FOR SALE. Blue Woods is on the north shore of Collins Bay.
On the Agenda of the September 6th Planning Committee meeting there's a 62-PAGE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT DOCUMENT for the Admirals Walk project proposed for Cataraqui Bay (AKA Elevator Bay).
There are several issues therein, including parking which appears inadequate for what's proposed.
There's mention of a possible marina, but they apparently don't know which side of the pier, west or east, any future marina will be placed.
One point is crystal clear: there will be no off-season vessel storage on the site -- there simply isn't space -- which means that any marina there risks being a money-loser.
Note that a marina is clearly shown on The Forrest Group's website and the yachting theme is central to the project's advertising so far. All this apparently doesn't add-up.
There are also questions about what the developer can and cannot do with the water lot.
THE KINGSTON DISCOVER BOATING EVENT returns to Confederation Basin Marina, Saturday and Sunday July 28th and 29th between 10am and 5pm.
Free boat rides for all who wish to give boating a try.
This event is courtesy of many volunteer boat owners and several of our local marinas: Collins Bay Marina, Ed Huck Marine (of Rockport), Kingston Marina, Treasure Island Marina, River Rat Marine (in Landsdowne, ON) with space and dockage provided by the City of Kingston's Confederation Basin Marina.
LAW-ENFORCEMENT THEATRE Wednesday night at Collins Bay Marina as the OPP Marine Unit books a sailor from a group of several yachts from Rochester NY traveling together.
The individual was in small tender, simply going from C-Dock to A-Dock, from one docked yacht to another, while impaired.
Word around the marina is there was no party going on, sleeping boaters on "C" and "A" docks heard nothing unusual, and the guy apparently wasn't lippy with the cops.
There are, of course, two ways to view this.
But there are lessons here:
Moreover: How does this story come to find its way onto CKWS-TV News?
You decide. It's all about choices people make, on both sides of the badge.
There are several waterfront items on TUESDAY'S COUNCIL AGENDA:
Under "Delegations", Marianne Davis, Executive Director of the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship (July 12-21) will speak to Council.
Previously (March 20, 2007): List of waterfront items in the 2007-08 municipal capital budget
One year ago, April 10 2006, COLLINS BAY MARINA WAS LAUNCHING BOATS.
This year there's still ice in Collins Bay.
We need more waterfront web cams like this.
There are WATERFRONT ITEMS IN THE 2007-08 MUNICIPAL CAPITAL BUDGET which should be approved tonight.
It's interesting that Treasure Island Marina, which is just 6 NM East of downtown Kingston, and all points further East are under the jurisdiction of the much larger Landsdowne (Thousand Islands Bridge) CBSA office, which is about 30 NM from downtown Kingston.
This land is adjacent to Music Marina, and very close to the landing of the so-called "third crossing".
It looks like there is some shoreline infilling involved in the diagrams here.
"Partnering opportunity with the municipality in the provision of capital investment in marina infrastructure and delivery of marinas operations and marketing services"
Read the whole thing.
[Updated]: Click here to view the July 25th 2006 City of Kingston website announcement of the matter. Click here to see the interesting and detailed documents submitted to Council to approve this move in late March, 2006.
Various questions arise from all this:
Over at Collins Bay Marina they're already launching boats. "This is the earliest we have ever started the season!" says Hub Steenbakkers, owner of Collins Bay Marina. "It is starting off to be a great season!".
Here are two views from the controllable Collins Bay Marina web cam which you can take for a spin at www.CollinsBayMarina.com/WebCam.html.
At other locations:
Over at Rideau Marina the South boathouse is being torn down. It's being removed because it covers some deeper-water slips that many boaters hesitate to rent because they are under cover. Very soon those slips will be wide-open.
Today The Whig Standard reports that the City is studying improving and expanding our municipal marinas, possibly establishing a partnership with the private sector.
The March 2006 issue of the Collins Bay Yacht Club Newsletter is now available.
Kingston Marina used two cranes to haul out this 60ft. tug yesterday for a Transport Canada inspection. This boat is due back in the water ASAP with the job of breaking ice for Brockville harbour.
Kingston Marina reports having more boats for winter storage, and more boats for in-water winter storage, than ever before. This picture show's the Anglin Bay harbour full of boats that are too big to be hauled out. Theyare using agitators to keep the ice away. The largest vessel being stored is the Canadian Empress at 108 ft.
Collins Bay Marina has other environmentally-related feathers itn its cap: