We thought it was the new Hyatt Regency
The thing is the size of a hotel. At one point, some of us were joking about what to call it - the Hyatt, the Double Tree, the Ritz Carlton? I ran into one of the local Grove hotel managers at the event, I joked about him being the new manager, he shied away and said, "Hey, don't get me involved, I have nothing to do with that!"
I'm not sure who planned this $3 million dollar monstrosity, an ugly building that blocks the water, but whomever approved it, probably our city commissioners, should be ashamed of themselves. It's a joke. The whole point of knocking down the Expo Center was to open up water views and then right on top of the water is this thing. One of my neighbors thought this was Grove Harbour, the new mall on the water, and that there were restaurants in the building, which of course, there aren't.
Look at the old Dock Master's office here; what was it, 400 or 800 square feet? It served the purpose and was unobtrusive.
You would think the new park would lead down to the water's edge after all the planning, but no, there is a big black driveway that separates the grass from another bit of grass and then there is more concrete and then there is the Dock Master's office. I only noticed the big black driveway because a couple of people brought it up to me. Very strange. If this is how the waterfront plan is going to work, I shudder to think how Grove Harbour, is going to end up. In fact, just yesterday, I had people refusing to believe that there would be a bay walk along the water, they said I was wrong for saying that, that it would end up being the private property of the restaurants that were being built on the site. This is how people think these days, it's a shame that they cannot even trust their government to do the right thing. Maybe some of these leaders saw and heard The Pope this past weekend and something he said will sink in and they will start doing the right thing.
Regarding that; I had believed that there were a lot of people at the Regatta Park grand opening event, but it was quite small, I am told 150 people attended. I was told by friends that they did not attend because it was turned into a political thing and not a park opening. It's true, the usual suspects were there, but all the same, I had a good time.
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