Barb Storch

Residents speak mind on Cedar marina plan

NANAIMO – Boat Harbour Marina is situated on an old coal export site, and redeveloping could have environmental impact, say residents.

Environment and access to trails are among the concerns voiced by attendees of a public meeting on a Boat Harbour Marina project this past Thursday night at Cedar Community Hall.

Tiara (BHM) Holdings, marina owner, has submitted a development permit application to the Regional District of Nanaimo seeking to redevelop the marina and expand parking. The marina site is located at an old coal loading operation and residents are concerned redevelopment could have an adverse effect on the environment, particularly if coal sediment is disturbed.

“It’s full of old coal. If you dig that up you got another Exxon Valdez basically … it’s just going to make a big mess,” said resident Cam Mcleay.

“My concerns are ecological in that Stuart Channel is diminished greatly as a highly productive area in the past and dredging’s going to be bad for it,” said Tom Hutton, longtime Cedar resident.

Nicole Vaugeois, another resident and research chairwoman with the department of recreation and tourism at Vancouver Island University, expressed concern about trail access, which some say has been blocked.

“Lots of communities are trying to actually get a trail and have a trail to get people to come to, so that there’s tourism benefits or special event benefits,” she said. “All of that future money that could be a result of this, we just would be shooting ourselves in the foot to not have that open right now.”

Roy Ellis and Alvin Hui, who run the holdings company, were unavailable for comment, but in a statement provided in February, said no work has been done at the marina and reports from experts are being finalized.

In terms of trail access, Ellis and Hui said they put up fences because people have been trespassing onto their property and dumping garbage, including abandoned vehicles and old building supplies.

The two are expected to detail their plans at a March 21 meeting at 6 p.m. at the community hall.

Just Posted

Indoor Busking Festival to be held this week in Nanaimo

Fundraiser concert to feature singers recruited from the Harbourfront Walkway

Mount Benson park users now have 100 more parking spaces

Regional District of Nanaimo opens new parking lot on Benson View Road

Nanaimo masters win track and field titles

Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes take gold at provincials

Nanaimo council grants development permit for 170 apartments near Long Lake

Concerns raised over traffic around Rutherford Road

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

POLL: How often do you see motorists throw cigarette butts out the window?

How often do you see motorists throw lit cigarette butts out the… Continue reading

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

Editorial: Make it out to the night market this summer

First Commercial Street Night Market of the summer is this Thursday, June 20

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Most Read