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LETTER: MBL developer exit 'a win for good ship' Midland

Resident says council right to chop MBLDC budget. 'This could be a great community effort with council at the helm, not the MBLDC. Time for a reset'
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Midland Bay Landing's future should be for residents to decide, not board, letter writer says.

MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is in response to a story titled 'Barrie firm pulls out of MBL project, halting development plans.'

Dear Editor

What welcome news! To no surprise, the developer has walked and we will not see the most scenic view of Georgian Bay taken away by a built up condo complex.

Instead, as per the mayor’s comments, we have the opportunity to see these premium waterfront lands develop into a beautiful welcoming space for our residents and visitors.

As for the MBLDC, it’s time to exit them and save their operating costs. Their remarks of collectively being a “powerhouse, having the expertise, seen every trick, and pitfall” and so forth smacks as a lot of self-aggrandizement.

The real kicker was stating they will “ collectively save the town from themselves,” a most unfortunate remark. It clearly strikes them out from a very capable and hands-on community. Like many other Midlanders , I do not need saving from myself, thank you.

I am sure council can rely on extensive engagement with the community, whatever the approach may be.

As well, council should look to the well-paid professional staff to contribute and assist in a new planning process. Make use of internal resources as well as within the community. Planning consultants are not necessary.

This could be a great community effort with council at the helm, not the MBLDC. Time for a reset.

This is a win for the good ship, Midland!

Fred Flood