Re: Tree stands alone, Dec. 2.
As I walked by East Beach the other day, I was so in shock – as were other persons – at the devastating removal and complete destruction of every tree, bush, etc.
Upon further investigating, I have come to understand that the city and the residents are not on the same page at all. I understand that there was to be some tree removal, maintenance, trimming, replacing, etc. and that the retaining wall is suffering and needs to be addressed.
Yet concerns that I am hearing include that removal of trees and greenery makes the ground unstable, as opposed to the claim of stabilizing it; that city council proposed some removal, with a good amount of trees to be left; oxygen depletion; removal of natural habitat; proposal of ground bushes, small shrubs and a tree or two does not replenish the natural habitat, especially for our beautiful eagles that were one of the main attractions; views from condos; the beauty of the natural environment is now going to be according to whose terms?
The list goes on… too many to write.
There seems to be mass confusion and no real clarification of why this has been done to this degree.
Why is it that when condos go up, we see huge signage – great futuristic photography and clarification – yet with this complete bombing of the embankment, there is not one sign along the boardwalk with any insight?
I ask Mayor Wayne Baldwin and city council just what the heck do you think you’re doing? What have you done and why? I ask you to update and re-inform your residents of your plans.
It’s an absolute environmental disaster.
Corry Kriticos, White Rock
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An open letter to White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin.
My eyes and senses were violated today as I walked along the waterfront in what was once our beautiful City by the Sea. The carnage is unbearable to see.
How dare you tell us that this atrocity is necessary for the removal of shrubbery, invasive species and trees growing into the retaining wall and will have no affect on the slope stability. What type of fools do you take us for?
Eyes do not lie, as shown in the photo (above). The large stumps of mature trees tell the truth.
Did you consider the impact it would have on the beauty of the area, to say nothing of the wildlife, the birds and eagles who are now homeless? As the world meets in Paris at the UN climate change conference, why are you reducing our tree canopy – so vital to future generations?
It is so clear you have no regard for what your citizens want for their city, as you have proved time and time again. You, the staff and the White Rock Coalition ignore the OCP, but I ask how could you desecrate the city’s most important jewel, our waterfront.
Shame on you. There are no words for this tragedy.
Vickie Darts, White Rock