Lamenting lack of harbour development in Carbonear

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Well, finally someone has seen the light emitting from some distant lighthouse and that person is Ron Delaney, the director of economic development and Tourism with the Town of Bay Roberts.

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What I am referring to is an article from the weekend’s edition of The Telegram dated April 5, 2014, in a special section called “Horizons 2014.”

Delaney explains in detail the relationship and connection Bay Roberts seaport has to the marine industry and what his town can offer to those interested parties who may wish to do business there. The article is certainly worth the read.

In 2010, I completed a certified port executive course (CPE) with the MacDonnell Group in Halifax. It was a course through my employer under the career development program. It specifically dealt with all topics and issues surrounding port enhancement, development and transportation methodology of incorporating existing port features into a marketing strategy to entice business.

Not surprisingly, it is word for word similar to what Delaney is proposing and there are so many quotes from the article that I would like to post but there is one that struck me the most and that was:

“With so many small businesses operating in the area, Delaney sees it as the town’s duty to try and develop the harbour.”

Bay Roberts seems hardly the place as describe in an article indicating a place least likely to live. Someone got their wires crossed there on that one, it’s more like a place that may well one day replace The Hub of the Bay — Carbonear — as a place to live and grow a business and family.

To me and maybe even you, I see no difference in Carbonear to that of Bay Roberts, but there are differences and if you dig deep enough the similarities between the two towns gradually begin to separate and the distance ever grows.

This coming summer we (and I say all vested parties) will try once again to forge ahead with the Carbonear Island Development and for those who are not up to date, well for the past two years there has been no movement or activity pertaining to it, in part due to many misadventures surrounding the application process. The Carbonear Island Development is like having all your eggs in one basket and it’s a dangerous recipe even for the most prudent of stock market investors.

Now that we have the elections behind us and we have a full complement of competent councillors and staff at the Town of Carbonear, which one, if any, will undertake such a task as harbour development? Or will it be the continuing saga in chambers of just “yays” and “nays?”

All this reminds me of a movie quotation and saying: “Walk tall and carry a big stick.” If you incorporate Carbonear into the script, then it would read more like: “Walk tall and carry a walking cane,” especially at the rate we are progressing.

— Dean J. Penney writes from Carbonear

Organizations: MacDonnell Group, Carbonear Island Development

Geographic location: Carbonear, Bay Roberts, Halifax

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