Paved paradise put up parking lot

Dear Editor:

How do you eat an elephant? One slice at a time.

How do you get a hotel in a Skaha park? Same way, one slice at a time.

First, you convince a naive council and mayor that THIS time a waterslide will make money and they will get a share of the profit if they (Trio) gain a very long- term and incredibly underpriced lease on the property. When the waterslide fails, as all others have, you move to the next slice.

Constructing a money-losing waterslide was just the bait. You write off a few thousand dollars or so and get to the next slice which is the real goal now that you have the property secured — a hotel and possibly a casino.

And that slice goes to the next slice which is lots and lots more parking and less and less park area. Smoke and mirrors — razzle dazzle them — bait and switch – and before you know it, there is a hotel, casino and they have, as Joni Mitchell says, “paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Then, there’s a completely new term of mayor and council wondering what happened and how will they ever explain it to the citizens.

To get the bottom of it all, follow the money. It needs to stop now.

Gordon Dawson

Penticton