I thought fast ferry nonsense had died years ago
Well, I nearly choked on my Weeties this morning as I was reading all about the proposed fast ferry in your last issue.
I really thought this nonsense had died a few years ago, following a great deal of publicity in another paper with photos of the proposed ferry with comfortable seating and cocktail and coffee bars.
At the time thousands of dollars and man hours had been spent by our Council in the preparation of concept plans, lease agreements and God knows what else.
For goodness sake, who is going to pay for the jolly thing?
Where will it berth if it manages to get to Sydney Harbour, and finally who will use it to make it economically viable?
Has the possibility of a one metre swell or a black nor'easter with an outgoing tide been considered?
Furthermore the reality of a commercial wharf and shelter shed at the Bangalow St end, would be nothing short of vandalism.
The improvement along that part of The Esplanade is undoubtedly one of the very best things Gosford Council has ever done on the Peninsula.
Go there any time of the day and you will find hundreds of people including excited children using the amenity and riding their scooters and bikes.
You would also see a few oldies using the exercise equipment to stay healthy and recapture their youth.
It goes without saying that you could be lucky indeed to find a parking spot anywhere in the vicinity which would rather make it difficult for the proposed development.
Apart from the parking problems, any wharf in that area with boats being tied up to it would completely block and destroy that wonderful view from Ettalong to Half Tide Rocks and Box Head.
I sincerely hope that common sense will ultimately prevail.
Letter, 9 Mar 2017
Fred Landman, Daleys Point