Your business community speaks of everyone’s desire for a bridge at taxpayer expense to increase business in Nakusp.
They are not representing my support, and many others too I think, who do not want the increased noise, stink, vibration and polluted air that the new traffic would generate; or the unnecessary tax load. The ferries are seldom much out of schedule and I’ve always found activities to take advantage of the small amount of travel time, like attending to business matters, sleeping, relaxing, reading, playing music, looking or listening. I expect that anyone who values their time would find a way to utilize it.
Thirty years of observing Nakusp business shows their huge reliance on maintaining the status quo. Some examples are:
-Tourists flocking the streets when businesses were closed
– All kinds of council and business work aimed at large corporations to come and rape the land, in exchange for a few more years of broken loggers
– Tourism promotion aimed at the same “short stay” niche that everyone else is aimed at!
My suggestion (which hasn’t been asked for), is that Nakusp businesses should work to benefit from the natural barriers that are around us, where people will come to rest and quietly recreate for awhile. This would provide a steady, sustainable base for those business people with ingenuity and individual initiative enough to find their niche.
We would then continue to live in a healthy environment without high-speed bridges.