Proposal for Comox Marina Park called for boardwalk, tiered seating for events, hotel and shops

Every Friday, we feature Comox Valley history taken from back issues of the Comox Valley Record.

IN THIS VIEW from the now-gone Comox Wharf

IN THIS VIEW from the now-gone Comox Wharf

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A waterfront boardwalk, tiered seating for events and a series of public-access stores with restaurant and coffee shop under a hotel were among the plans for Marina Park by Comox Bay Land Investments.

Even with that scenario based on a proposed 50,000-square-foot land swap with the Town, and a four-storey hotel, company president Mike Hawitt said feedback was positive.

Comox Valley Economic Development officer John Watson said the proposal would be a big step towards revitalizing the area.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Longtime Comox clerk-administrator Helen Dale died suddenly from an apparent heart attack Sept. 19 during a cycling trip to Denman Island.

Mayor George Kirkwood said news of Dale’s death came as a shock to her family and friends.

“This is so hard to believe,” he said. “Helen was so hard-working and full of life, determined and kind. She was too young, she was only in her early-60s.”

Council cancelled its weekly meeting but appointed Richard Kanigan, who had been Dale’s assistant, as interim administrator.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Plans for the aquatic centre included a wave pool, a 25-metre, eight-lane pool and a water slide, the Comox Valley Sports Centre Commission announced.

The 3,200-square-metre aquatic centre is to be built at North Island College, pending the outcome of a referendum.

The proposal also included a 3,900-square-metre ice arena added to the Sports Centre.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Election campaigns were smoking up the track as four candidates prepared to carry their party’s colours into the fray locally, anticipating an election call by Premier Rita Johnston.

Social Credit MLA Stan Hagen expected a close contest from a field of challengers including Margaret Lord of the NDP, Alicia Burns of the Liberals and Richard Porter of the Green Party.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Conservation officers had their hands full with bear complaints this year — and it was going to worsen, according to a local CO.

Bears, heading into the lower populated regions because of poor berry crops in higher wilderness areas, were sighted everywhere from downtown Courtenay to downtown Campbell River. A bear trap had even bet set up near Vanier Secondary School.

There were 58 bear complaints in August.


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