Deal 2 years in the works

Dear Editor:

I have been following the controversy surrounding the proposed private development on Skaha Lake Park, and became totally frustrated, like so many others, over the apparent lack of information that was or was not available. So I started digging into this further.

It is my understanding that City Council, with Garry Litke as acting mayor, issued an Expression of Interest, on May 17, 2013, inviting ideas for the development of the Skaha Lake Marina.

On April 7, 2014, City staff apparently concluded “their” negotiations with the respondents and on May 19, 2015, staff recommended that the mayor and Council of the day execute certain agreements with the approved developer.

It would appear, prior to May 17, 2013 through May 19, 2015, a significant number of in-camera meetings must have been held or that the Council (May 19, 2015) simply and blindly accepted staff’s recommendations for the Skaha Lake

development projects. Either way, the development process must have started well before direction was issued by Council on May 17, 2013, which begs the question.

Why in-camera and what prompted the evolution of a Skaha Lake Marina proposal into a major “waterslide” and park development?

As public lands were under consideration and not private lands, which could possibly have led to speculation, why two years or more of secrecy?

A number of people have asked the question, who are these local business people behind Trio Marine Group Inc.? Well, one individual is apparently from Kelowna, another from Peachland and the third from right here in Penticton.

All of this history and information, and much more, are available on the City of Penticton website, posted minutes of June 29, 2015.

These minutes and agreements may be read in their entirety, or if one has a printer, there is a ton of material that one may print, close to 200 pages.

Bill Waddell

Penticton