Harbour commission goes it alone without government funds
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Past and present members of the Parrsboro Harbour Commission were on hand for the official opening of the harbour's new boat launch on Friday, June 28. Cutting the ribbon were (from left) Frank Warren, Cindy Tupper, chairperson Lois Smith, Conrad Byers, Skip Johnson, Kerwin Davison and Bob Barnes.
PARRSBORO - Boaters in this area should now have an easier time getting their vessels into the water, thanks to a new boat launch now available at the Parrsboro harbor.
Members of the Parrsboro Harbour Commission cut the ribbon to officially open the new launch beside the wharf, behind Harbour View Restaurant, on Friday, June 28.
The project, which involved the installation of several cement slabs from the beach to the water, was completed by the harbor commission from its own funds, according to chairperson Lois Smith.
"We did apply a few years ago for funding from other government levels, but we weren't successful," she said. "We wanted to show folks in our area that we'd do something for them, so it's for fishermen and all the pleasure boats. We just want them t use it."
The cost of the project came in at less than $45,000, which was less than the commission members had expected, according to Smith. She said they accepted the lowest of several proposals submitted for the work.
She said some boaters have had trouble launching at the harbor in the past, and have been asking for something like this.
"People would visit and say, ‘Gee, I wish you had a boat launch. It's difficult to get my boat in," said Smith, who is also mayor of Parrsboro. "Of course, with the fishing industry, it makes their life a bit easier too."
A handful of past and present commission members were present to cut the ribbon on Friday, following their annual general meeting, which saw Smith return as chairperson, Croyden Wood as vice-chairperson, David Roberts as treasurer and Conrad Byers as secretary.
All those present seemed happy with the work.
"We're very happy, and hope it will be used widely by visitors and obviously the fishing industry and locals," she said. "It's free for anyone who wants to use it."