0514 - An inflamatory document distributed by the Nanaimo Marina Association on the weekend is filled with the same inaccuracies that were made last year, but it won’t distract the Port from it goals, says Port of Nanaimo CEO Ian Marr.
It repeats claims that werre made in social media many months ago, says Marr who is in Ottawa on port business. He labels the report as disappointing, but says it won't make the port lose its focus. The Marine Association has never made a formal presentation
to the Port, he added.
Odai Sirri is listed as president on Nanaimo Marina Association's website.
Port Authority Acting Chair Donna Hais says the Port did not get a copy of the report prior to its release, adding it contains
"The report does harm to our community and to the business we are all working hard to attract. It misrepresents Nanaimo,” said Hais. The NMA report was submitted through the Port Modernization Review
public consultation process to the federal government last December.
The Marina Association makes claims about the Port’s relationships with waterfront tenants. One of the Port’s major waterfront leaseholders, the Nanaimo
Yacht Club, noted it has a solid relationship with the Port. The NMA claimed the Yacht Club shared its views, only to be forced to retract the comments. The Yacht Club had been listed as an NMA supporter without approval from the club.
a good working relationship with (Chief Operating Officer) Mike Davidson and the Port of Nanaimo. We have signed a long-term lease with the Port and we are currently working on the rebuilding of our ‘A’ sheds. It is a very respectful
relationship, and we are working well together with them,” said Commodore Mike Ganderton.