Currently, each summer, Green Canoe Outfitters (GCO) rent out Kayaks and Paddleboards from the beach in front of the Breakers Motel but Bart Spiewak of GCO asked Council at Monday’s Committee of the Whole for permission to move west and position themselves on Victoria Park Beach. They would want a kiosk not unlike the new lifeguard stations so that they could house their equipment. They would cover all costs and offered a 10% revenue share. Given the contentious rejection of the Water Park just 2 months ago, approval seemed unlikely. But Councillor Chorley suggested a trial this year followed by a full, open procurement process in 2020 and said that the situation is different. She moved a long detailed motion (details below) and after debate, it was approved.
Photo at right is from Green Canoe Outfitters Facebook – Sept 3, 2018
Councillor Chorley’s motion (slightly abbreviated)
That Council permit GCO to locate their seasonal kiosk on Victoria Park Beach for Kayak and paddleboard rentals for a trial period from June 28 to September 2, 2019, (that staff) draft and negotiate an MOU between GCO and the Town that includes the size and location of the kiosk, operating hours, permitted promotional signs and Flags, required insurance coverage, and details of the financial Agreement and payment schedule … and present to Council for final approval by June 3rd 2019 … and report on the trial by November 25 2019 And the report to outline an open application process for the provision of Kayak and paddleboard rentals from Victoria Park Beach in 2020 pending the success of the 2019 trial period.
The biggest concern was whether the June 3rd date gave enough time. Dean Hustwick and Stephen Peacock were very doubtful given issues of safety, liability, lifeguarding/YMCA as well as the fact that this does not follow standard procedures. However, CAO Stephen Peacock said that Council could waive procedures if they wanted to.
Brian Darling said that approval should be postponed to 2020 to allow proper process to be followed and he was supported by Mayor Henderson.
Emily Chorley said that during the trial, the kiosk would be temporary – possibly a tent and liability would be no different to what’s already been there in recent years.
In the end, Emily’s motion carried 5-2 with Henderson and Darling against.
Later in the meeting, Nicole Beatty requested that staff report by June 3, 2019 on options to operate a licensed waterfront patio much like was done in 2018 adjacent to the canteen. But Mayor Henderson and Deputy Mayor Séguin pointed out that there was supposed to be a report on the success or otherwise of the 2018 “trial” but that was never done. Both Séguin and Henderson wanted a “breather” this year to allow proper process to be followed.
It also appeared that the DBIA was unhappy with the fact that they had no opportunity to participate.
Nicole proposed an amendment to remove the option of Town Staff operating the Canteen and specifically open it up to third parties. Other amendments were made but were unsuccessful and in the end the motion was NOT approved. So there will be no licensed courtyard canteen this year although probably there will be in 2020.
Water Park Voted Down – 20 Feb 2019