I attended yet another Save the Park demonstration at Skaha Lake Park. I’m sure all of the newspaper readership is aware of the proposed project of using public park land to facilitate the unpopular construction of privately owned waterslides.
The area in question had been cordoned off with yellow tape, entirely surrounding the perimeter of the proposed project. Until that moment, I hadn’t realized the extent of this area. It’s enormous. All the trees and foliage destined for total removal were also identified by the yellow tape fastened to them. Some stalwart dissenters had gone to a lot of trouble to do this.
As with all the previous gatherings generated by the opposition to this project, there was a dedicated atmosphere of unity, sincerity, integrity and a determination to see this through.
With all this unrelenting protesting and countless letters to the editor in the newspapers, Mayor Jakubeit steadfastedly ignores this movement. Many of these same people elected him as the mayor of Penticton in a show of complete trust and good faith.
Yet Mr. Jakubeit and council continue with their own agenda.
Mr. Jakubeit, you are making a public spectacle of yourself among other B.C. communities who are no doubt “taking in the show.”
With all this rancour, you stubbornly persist. I have to wonder. Can anyone actually win?