LETTER: Building on the water

What once was a small, natural outcrop of rock has become a man-made, filled-in eyesore!

I thought I’d celebrate a fine, sunny, warm day with a walk following my regular route which takes me downhill, through town, along  John’s Walk and back uphill again.

When I get to John’s Walk, I usually take a rest on a natural outcrop (promontory?) of rocks and dip my feet in the water.  Gradually, though, over the last few years,  this outcrop has been filled in and built up so much so that today, I found myself looking at a garish, very large, levelled piece of land jutting much farther out onto the river than in the past — so much so as to interrupt the natural flow of water. There was an address number posted (identical to that of one of the new houses built along the walk), a levelled boat launch, a miniature light house, a golf tee off (a small, plasticized poster advertised, “Tee off on the Point”), and a Canadian flag.

What once was a small, natural outcrop of rock has become a man-made, filled-in eyesore!

Now, my understanding is that you cannot fool around with the water or with public access areas.

You have to check this out: it has definitely been filled in, built up, and added onto, all of which have interrupted, intercepted, and impeded the water of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

Just take a stroll along John’s Walk and have a look. Who did this? Well, there is an address nailed into the rock of this promontory which, as I said, matches that of a house on Sproat Road.  Doesn’t make sense because,  as we all know, you can’t build on the lake without city approval; this begs the question: When and why did the city approve this? Does this fit in with our Community Plan? Do people who have the money to buy and build on the waterfront receive more leeway with respect to building structures on the water? How can this happen without the city’s knowledge? Is anyone else concerned about this? Who has laid claim to this?

H. Jenkins

Nelson

Just Posted

Nelson honours veterans 100 years after end of WWI

Several hundred people gathered at the cenotaph on Sunday

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Nine-vehicle pileup closes Highway 3 near Castlegar

Two separate incidents on slushy highway; reports of injuries

UPDATE: Police seek witnesses in Castlegar road rampage

Lake Country man faces 13 charges, including robbery, dangerous driving, flight from police, assault with a weapon, theft, and drug charges.

RDCK removes conditions from Kalesnikoff office project

Kalesnikoff says it is still planning to move ahead with new office building project

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Heir’s big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles turns 70 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, still serving in the heir to the throne role he has filled since he was a young child.

Trudeau lays down challenge to companies in bid to boost trade with Asia

“Building the relationships, building the connections, building the facility and also changing mindsets — getting Canadian companies to see the opportunities we have around the world to partner and invest.”

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.

Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

Guzman’s long-awaited U.S. trial begins Tuesday in New York

Northern California wildfire is deadliest in state history

Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead; 42 already killed in blaze

Surging Rangers beat visiting Canucks 2-1

Goalie Lundqvist ties Plante on all-time wins list

Most Read