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Willow Point Dock On Hold

Bill Metcalfe
By Bill Metcalfe
January 8th, 2013

Mark and Jane Andreychuk have decided to put their application to build a 56-metre dock at Willow Point Beach on hold.

“What was shown on the application is not what we wanted,” Jane Andreychuk told The Nelson Daily today by phone from her home in Calgary.  “We didn’t take the time to look over it. It needs to be rethought. We wanted a place to contain our boats. We wanted to separate the boats from the swimmers.”

The Andreychuks have a summer home at Willow Point on Kootenay Lake. Their request to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources for permission to put the dock across the middle of a popular swimming area on crown land, and the controversy that ensued, is outlined in a January 6 article in The Nelson Daily.

Andreychuk said her family has one boat and two sea-dos, and sometimes friends bring their boats to the beach as well.

“We have had lots of feedback that people want a dock, but that it should be close to the rocks,” she said, referring to a berm of large rocks on a piece of crown land adjacent to the west side of her property and on the west side of the swimming area.

“But we don’t know if that will work, without going there and looking at it, and we will have to do that in the summer.” She said they will then submit an amended application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.

“We are open to suggestions from people who use the beach,” she said.

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