This past November, City Council unanimously passed a motion that could eventually lead to the dredging of a portion of Lake Ontario’s shore to provide space for a deepwater port. With the passing by of numerous cruise ships during the warm months such as the Grand Caribe, Grand Mariner, M/V Victory, and Pearl Mist, which are scheduled to pass through Kingston for a combined total of 20 times this year, ygk is missing out on some great earning potential, if only these ships had a place to dock. Of course, there is still much to consider before such a large project could be given the go ahead. Specifically, a feasibility study needs to be undergone in order to find an appropriate location for such an endeavour.
As always, Kingstonist readers are divided on the subject. Many believe a deepwater dock is a no brainer – the more tourists the better! – while others feel that if the city has money to spend, it should be spent elsewhere. Much needed road repairs and improvement on other existing infrastructure being high on the list. Location is also a hot topic, as always.
Read on and see why the original article regarding Kingston’s possible deepwater port for cruise ships is one of our Best of 2017.