As posted on K7waterfront.org, there are three notable waterfront-related agenda items for the next City Council meeting scheduled on the 6th of October 2009. Highlights are as follows:
1. Waterfront-related items listed in the Recreation & Leisure Services Department 2009-2010 Priorities are either stalled, or token. They include:
- Design of the Breakwater beach area (2010). The Mass Swim held on 22 July 2008 was the culmination of public disgust over how our waterfront is marginalized.
- Window repairs at the Richardson Beach Bath House (2010). This is routine, deferred maintenance. The long overdue work is masquerading as a viable project, lending to the illusion that our waterfront is being taken seriously.
- Approval of the Lake Ontario Park Plan (November 2009). The proximity of which signals that public outcry pertaining to the way overblown concept plan will be mostly ignored.
- Marina’s Business Plan (February 2010). Given all the evident shenanigans, this promises to be an eyeball-roller.
- Waterfront Plan (2010). This is bundled with, and listed after items including: “new outdoor rinks construction policy (2010)”, “healthy food options (2010), “community gardens policy (November 2010)”, and “sustainable food strategy (2010)”.
2. The City will receive, gratis, a narrow-strip of adjacent land to allow widening the waterfront pathway between the West Street launch ramp and Simcoe Street. This freebie is courtesy of Homestead Land Holdings which, who will likely make that back in spades at a later date.
3. The 2006 agreement with the Kingston Brewing Company to operate 6 Clarence Street as a service centre for Confederation Basin Marina boaters is renewed and sweetened through 2012.