Thank you for publishing my letter regarding dogs on the Promenade in Dec. 21 2018 PAN edition. I feel I must respond to Kim Sanderson’s letter regarding the use of the Promenade in the winter months.
I walk the Promenade three times per week from hilltop and there are always people walking at all times of year. There are some of us who walk regardless of weather. I was down walking on Dec. 20 in the windstorm and there was many people also walking as is evident in the videos of the pier collapse. I have only been able to get one photo of the pier empty of walkers, there is always someone walking.
Miss Sanderson need not drive to walk her dog, she can walk to the east end of the beach and let her dog run free on the beach on the Semiahmoo First Nation beach area.
She can also go down to the far west end and enter the beach from the boat launch and walk her dog there (although this area is unaccessible this year due to rebuilding the railway crossings). Several dog walkers/owners use these areas.
Ms. Sanderson is fortunate to live near the beach, but we all have rights. If only 40 per cent of people have dogs, the the non-dog owners are the majority and should rule with respect to dogs on the Promenade.
Bonnie J. Gillis, Surrey