Opposition Continues to Proposed Squirrel Cove Marina


After its original plan was rejected by the BC government last summer, Klahoose Resort Limited Partnership has submitted a scaled-down proposal for a marina and moorings targeting boats 45 to 90 feet and longer, as well as an aquaculture operation. Opponents argue that the development would take over about 60 percent of the anchorage and obstruct or limit safe navigation in other parts of the cove. They also question the demand for and economic viability of a marina with more than 125 moorage spaces for large vessels in this location.
The provincial government’s Integrated Land Management Bureau provides details on the application, including site maps, and invites comments at www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=27405. Comments can also be sent to cameron.bezanson@gov.bc.ca quoting file #1413569. Comments will be accepted until May 30, 2012.
Approval by Transport Canada, which administers the Navigable Waters Protection Act, may also be required for the project. Comments can be sent to the department’s Marine Safety Division at Pacnwp-penpac@tc.gc.ca quoting file #2011-500236.
Working and recreational vessels have used Squirrel Cove, on the east side of Cortes Island, as an anchorage for decades. The cove’s three basins can hold well over 100 vessels on the hook.
Perhaps related is the news that the small marina, chandlery, store and restaurant at Squirrel Cove has recently been listed for sale.

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