A fence to be proud of

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It seems to me we should be creative about the proposed harbour fence.

The harbour is beautiful, why can’t the fence be beautiful?

I propose we have an international competition for the fence as a beautiful monument (much like the Sydney Opera House) to which people all over the world will come to experience the harbour fence as an extraordinary solution to a difficult problem.

At all costs, we should avoid mediocrity in our thinking and in our actions.

James M. Rosen


Organizations: Sydney Opera House

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  • Jay
    January 09, 2013 - 13:41

    Too late for a competition, or anything else for that matter. The consultant was already hired to design the fence before anybody knew about it. Funny, but I don't recall any tendering process to spend public funds. Just one other example of Doc wasting our money without due process. By the way, our taxes are increasing.

  • david
    January 09, 2013 - 10:05

    I don't recall anyone asking the moose of this province what they thought about that fence.....and we're no smarter than them.

  • Gilda from the Goulds
    January 09, 2013 - 10:02

    James, the people of Trepassey are well known for their great sense of humour .... so I'm just going to assume that your letter was meant as a piece of satire, in which case you've done a great job. Personally, I don't walk the waterfront much anymore since I gave up hooking. But as an ordinary taxpaying homeowner, I do resent the way Dennis the Menace has been throwing our money around. If the well-heeled Port Authority wants a giant fence, and Council is not opposed to the uglification of the harbour front, then at least let them pay for it themselves.

    • RJ
      January 10, 2013 - 01:01

      "Build it & they will come".....build it high with barbed wire and lots of volts..er to keep the hookers away from the sea wary men... ;-)

  • Steve
    January 09, 2013 - 07:48

    James, you're missing the point. I don't actually mind the fence, the thing I mind is not being able to get on the other side of it. My family has always enjoyed summer strolls along the waterfront, and it is a big part of the experience to be able to go right along by the water and along by the boats that are docked there. I don't want to be barred out because of some irrational fear of terrorists. Furthermore, the Port Authority has admitted that a fence is just one option - they could simply hire additional port security officers, but they're trying to do it on the cheap.