Friday, December 13, 2013

A Canadian’s Viewpoint

December 12, 2013

Dear Commissioners,

Re: Save Old 7

It was only 2 days ago I learned of your December 11 meeting to consider County support for the bridge project.  I do not know the outcome of that meeting but still, at this late date, write to express my support for the project.

I am sure you have considered the value of Old 7 to the tourist industry but I remind you further.  Annually thousands of Canadians visit the Keys.  Most are from Ontario and Quebec.  Like me many are members of the Canadian Snowbird Association.  The Keys also attract Western Canadians.  We have driven here twice from our home near Vancouver B.C. and we have introduced other British Columbian RVers to Marathon and Old 7.

Two years ago we visited Pigeon Island by the tourist shuttle boat.  Tomorrow we will cycle to the Island.  We are always excited to see TV commercials that include the 2 bridges.  Arnie and Jamie Lee`s True Lies movie also hold a special place for us.  The value of Old 7 as a film location and to tourism is immeasurable.  I certainly hope you are able to justify support for the project and (I just read the website in its` entirety) for the hundreds of volunteers who are working to save the bridge.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes, FCIRP, ret.
Barnes is Noble
Mail:135 – 2960 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC
V2B 8B6
stevehbarnes@gmail.com