Re: Funding rift rocks White Rock trolley, June 26.
Thank you, Tourism White Rock, City of White Rock and generous supporters, for funding the free trolley this summer and keeping our City by the Sea on the map.
As a long-term resident of the White Rock/South Surrey area, who reads the PAN faithfully twice a week, I feel I must speak to the apparent distancing the White Rock Business Improvement Association is placing between itself and Tourism White Rock.
What better way to promote our city and all the businesses in it but through tourism. Shouldn’t the two organizations be working hand-in-hand with each other to get the best bang for your – and our – buck?
First, the BIA cuts off general funding to tourism, then the free trolley funding – a hugely successful pilot project last year, judging from the comments I heard while using it. Yes, I am sure there were some complaints, but for the BIA to focus on that rather than all the positive feedback that came in is just a shame.
Did anyone from the BIA take the time to ride the trolley and get a feel for the excellent public response, take a shift on the trolley and be a tour guide to promote White Rock businesses along the route?
Doesn’t sound like it to me. Just sounds like a bag of sour grapes.
Gini VanDer Meulen, Surrey