Alders a problem in Port

  • Oct. 11, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Alder trees are destroying the spectacular views of Masset Inlet along Bayview Drive and Port Clements is losing tourists and frustrating property owners as a result, the village council heard Monday night (Oct. 7). Part-time residents Ken and Sharon Antonenko, who own a house on Bayview, wrote to council to express their concern about the alders, and urged the village to get a quote to remove them. The Antonenkos pointed to three areas in particular where the alders are a problem: the campground, which lacks a view; the Sunset Park trail, which is becoming closed in and slippery; and the houses at 256, 258, 262 and 264 Bayview, which have lost their view of the inlet and will soon lose their view of the mountains. “Currently, Bayview Drive offers satisfaction, where you can see the view, and disappointment where you can’t,” they wrote. “We recognize the demographics and understand the difficulty of trying to please everyone because we owned a large business for many years. To clarify: the alders are the biggest issue!” The Antonenkos appeared at a council meeting in August with the same concerns. Councillor Matt Gaspar said that the Antonenkos’ opinion is shared by many residents. “You know what, they have a point,” he said. “That’s the way a lot of people feel about it. It’s a valid concern and I feel it does affect the tourism.” Council members voted to refer the letter to its park sub-committee, which is looking at issues like how to manage the trees in the Sunset Park area.

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