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GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. — Folks visiting Georgetown could quickly have a brand new method to get to the historic capital of Kings County.
Three Rivers council, which governs Georgetown and a number of other surrounding communities, voted 5-3 at its Oct. 10 assembly to signal a memorandum of understanding with Georgetown Port Inc.
The settlement will give the city a 10-year deal to function a daytime marina on the finish of Fitzroy Avenue the place boaters can dock and go to.
The MOU will value $4,500 per yr, Three Rivers CAO John Jamieson stated in an Oct. 20 SaltWire interview.
“The city owns a chunk of property on the finish of Fitzroy Avenue … and the Georgetown port authority owns the adjoining property,” Jamieson stated. “We entered into an MOU with them that we’ll take over the administration of that property, refurbish the constructing, so that features washrooms and the like. After which we’ll put a dock on the property.”
The city has been speaking to potential companions about constructing the dock, with the federal authorities, province and Georgetown Space Improvement Company all exhibiting curiosity, Jamieson stated.
“One facet of the dock might be for kayaks, paddleboards, stuff like that. And the opposite facet might be accessible for boats, I feel as much as 20 ft in size.”
Martina MacDonald, one of many Three Rivers councillors who voted towards the decision, says she agrees with the challenge, however not with the phrases of the association between the city and port.
“I simply puzzled how the method had been dealt with and, based mostly on the mission assertion of the port authority, we have been hoping that they might work with the city versus charging us a payment,” she stated. “It didn’t tackle the probabilities of, ought to we wish to broaden, what would will increase be.”
Beneath Georgetown Port Inc.’s mission assertion, it’s their job to “keep and develop the amenities and providers on the Port of Georgetown with the goal of creating a contribution to the native and provincial economies.”
MacDonald would additionally wish to see extra collaboration between Three Rivers and the quite a few marinas already inbuilt areas like Brudanell and Montague. With out that, the tasks are piecemeal and lack a extra grand imaginative and prescient, she stated.
“No matter we do now in Three Rivers must be maintained by the City of Three Rivers with their upkeep workers, so we have now to remember and aware of each transfer we make and that it’s the most effective transfer on the time.”
“No matter we do now in Three Rivers must be maintained by the City of Three Rivers with their upkeep workers, so we have now to remember and aware of each transfer we make and that it’s the most effective transfer on the time.” – Martina MacDonald
Nonetheless, the vote has handed and he or she thinks having the extra port will carry guests in who can dock, stroll round and go to native eating places or shops.
Peter Llewellyn, proprietor of Shoreline Design jewellery retailer, says he and different operators on the town will see extra prospects.
“You’ll have visitors coming in there, so individuals can go up and eat on the eating places in Georgetown, and it’s all strolling distance. Georgetown is designed for individuals to stroll.”
Llewellyn stated there may be numerous potential for this challenge, however he needs to see extra.
“I’d wish to see them broaden the berths, , anchors on the market for berths for boats. It is a good begin. We have to have these type of connections by the group by the seaway.”
Logan MacLean is a municipal reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He could be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on X @loganmaclean94.