This short film shows the problems associated with the long anchor chains for the dock floats — chains that will scour the sea floor — and documents the rich marine life that will be affected by the chains and boat use at the Lot 13 dock.
Thank you to Neil Hammond for editing the footage.
The BIM council meeting of Tues., Oct. 15, was marked by several angry outbursts from Mayor Jack Adelaar. Watch the video and see for yourself. Note especially the first five minutes, where he issues a 24-hour ultimatum to two members of the community, and the 14-minute mark, where he yells during public comments, “Shut up,” “Shut up,” and then “Get on with it.” Unfortunately, the news story ended up being about the mayor’s bad behaviour, not about the docks.
This short film by John Adams features the Splashmob, which greeted ferry communters in Snug Cove, Bowen Island, on May 17th 2013 to alert them to major changes coming to the wild, public foreshore at Cape Roger Curtis on the other side of the island.
The SplashMob was an event staged by StopTheDocks, a group of Bowen Islanders who are trying everything they can think of to preserve the wild beauty of Cape Roger Curtis, protesting the construction of docks there. Interspersed with footage of the Cape, participants speak to the many ways the Cape foreshore is important to them, and why they think it should be kept in its perfect, natural state.
If you would like to get involved, please contact us at INFO@STOPTHEDOCKS.CA, come along to an event, or donate that the First Credit Union.
Midsummer Caper at the Cape: Sunday, June 23rd at midday.
As events unfold our participants have worked for free, but we still have significant costs for legal assistance, advertising and other needs. Please consider donating today. There is much we can do to stop the docks, and with your help we hope to succeed.
TheCapeOnBowen defends their floats, but says nothing about their wharves
In their recent ad in the Undercurrent, the owners of Cape Roger Curtis address what they call “unrest that appears to have grown over some misunderstandings and misinformation” about their docks. They reassure us that “the largest float is designed for a 37-foot boat, and the float itself is shorter than the boat, at 32ft x 12ft. The floats are similar to the sizes typical of the average docks around Bowen Island.”
They decline to mention that the little dock will be attached to the end of a 275-foot wharf standing over 20 feet high, and a ramp that will be 56 feet long.
In a video posted a few days ago we showed a person on the footings when the tide was covering two of the foundations. Here’s what it looks like when the tide is out:
The wharf will run all the way to the farthest point where the person is seen standing in this video (at the two minute mark). There the 56-foot ramp will begin. The first float attached to the end of it may indeed be 32 feet long. And likely it will be towed away for the winter. All that will remain on the untouched shores to show a human trace will be a giant pier, unused for most of the year.
We hope The Cape on Bowen Ltd. will acknowledge we are not misrepresenting their floats, and let’s talk about the docks: wharves, ramps, floats and all.
This video describes eelgrass, an important part of the marine ecology and an established feature of Cape Roger Curtis. It is especially important to have healthy beds of eelgrass as the area recovers from industrial activity elsewhere in Howe Sound.
From the video: “The effects of human activities are always a concern. Eelgrass reduces shoreline erosion. It stabilizes sediments, and plays an important part in recycling nutrients. Docks, breakwaters and other developments can upset these natural processes.”
“Upland developments, pollution and even anchoring boats can be harmful. In Washington, eelgrass meadows have been vanishing in Puget Sound.”
Special measures will need to be enforced at Cape Roger if the docks go ahead, to minimze their impact. We would prefer to eliminate that risk entirely, as the docks benefit so few people and have raised objections from so many.
Why do we care so much about leaving the wide intertidal rocks at Cape Roger Curtis free from all docks? Unbroken wild spaces are completely different from ones divided by walls of tall pilings. And spaces like this are becoming extremely rare. Don’t fence us in!
We’re not endorsed by David Byrne and the others who made this video, we just like their beat.
On May 6, 2013, due to unexpected construction of concrete footings on the public beach at Cape Roger Curtis, a group of concerned citizens attended a regularly scheduled meeting of the Bowen Island Municipal Council. Though not originally on the agenda, they requested to be heard on this urgent matter. At first there was strong resistance to the idea from Mayor Jack Adelaar, but eventually the spokesperson, Melissa Harrison, was able to address Bowen Council. This discussion will be of considerable interest to Bowen Islanders, both in its tone and content.