To the editor:
I attended the public meeting on Wednesday night at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, where our mayor, along with our city councillors, six city staff members, the city lawyer, two Trio Marine members and their lawyer, were present.
Something I, and many others, can’t comprehend is the lease itself. One city councillor said that Trio did not fulfil its obligations, so the lease is dead. However, there was much disagreement between everyone else up on that stage.
Who doesn’t know what is going on: this one city councillor, the mayor and the rest of the city councillors, the city lawyer, or Trio Marine?
I don’t understand how there can be such ambiguity on this foremost major item between all the parties involved and we were not given a straightforward answer to the many times that question was put forward.
What the heck is going on?
The 29-year lease, plus the possible two five-year extensions, and first right of refusal for other amenities (concessions, rentals, etc.) because Trio “doesn’t want any competition” is a farce as well.
If a business needs 29 years to make a go of it, then they either need someone with actual business sense and experience or should forget about the project in the first place.
Why the city has to pay back some of Trio’s expenses as a compromise is another farce. That is the price of doing business.
Also, I am even more disappointed now that I have seen Trio Marine members and their lawyer in person.
Penticton mayor, city councillors and city staff, please get your act together, use your common sense, abide by your obligations that you have been elected for and set this issue at rest once and for all.
Get rid of Trio Marine, and don’t sell the farm unnecessarily to do so.