C.B.S. sussing out harbour potential

Andrew Robinson
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Long Pond Harbour. - Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The Town of Conception Bay South is optimistic its 100-acre Gateway business park will spur economic prosperity for the growing community, and now it appears town council is looking to its harbour for further economic benefits.

Proposals were due to be received by closing-time Wednesday at the town hall for a tender on the completion of a harbour-potential study on the prospects for enhancing its attractiveness to local residents.

Coun. Stephen Tessier, chairman of the town's economic development committee, said the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) controls small craft harbours like that found in what's locally known as the "inner pond" of Long Pond, located adjacent to Bishop's Road.

Tessier said DFO is divesting itself of smaller harbours not used commercially. With the divestment, the Town of Conception Bay South would gain control of the harbour leases, excluding the area that serves container ships.

"Through that process, we have to do a usage study to see if it's of any benefit to the Town of Conception Bay South," said Tessier.

Numerous boats

Town chief administrative officer Keith Arns said a recreation and tourism master plan completed several years ago referred to the potential for harbour development.

At present, there are more than 100 boats using the harbour, many of which are based out of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club located on Greenslades Road.

Tessier said the town may look at potential recreation and tourism prospects for the harbour.

"It's yet another jewel in the crown of Conception Bay South, along with the coastline," said Tessier. "Boating is huge right now, so I would be hoping to expand on that pleasure craft use and, hopefully, get some commercial use as well."

Arns agrees with Tessier that there is a potential to further develop the area, but the feasibility study represents an early step in assessing that potential.

Being close to the downtown core of Conception Bay South, creating a connection between the areas with a walking trail and boardwalk may prove useful, Tessier said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the study."

Tessier said DFO intends to have operation and usage of the harbour settled by March 31.

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Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club

Geographic location: Conception Bay South, Long Pond, Greenslades Road

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Recent comments

  • Political watcher
    January 14, 2012 - 18:38

    By the town taking over all waters except those being used by the Commercial containers they are very sill in their thoughts. How will they make any money? The Yacht Club currently enjoys a tax free status. Who will repair the Breakwater when the next Igor comes along? How about the two very wealthy people who currently own all lands surrounding the inner Harbour? Lots of questions Mr. Tessier but very few answers. At least explain how taking over the recreational portion of the harbour is conected to a Kent's building store. I still have visions of that two hole sh*#ouse.

  • Skeeziks
    January 14, 2012 - 16:32

    I think the town of C.B.S. and the provincial government have no excuse for not expending whatever resources are needed to stop the millions of gallons of raw sewer the town has been shamelessly pumping into Conception Bay for more than a decade now. Don't brag about the crown jewels. There's nothing like a sheen of sewage to take the luster off them. No more excuses! Stop the pollution! We're not happy about the flock of seagulls gathering at the bubble in the waters off Topsail either. Clean up your act and make it priority one!