Sept 12, 2017

Jackson's Point Plan

 

The Lake Simcoe Jackson’s Point Harbourfront Redevelopment Plan ‘Emerging Options’ was assembled for a Public Open House (drop-in format) that took place on August 30 at the Ramada Hotel in Jackson's Point.

Option 2B was put forward as the preferred plan on August 30 and featured a realignment of property boundaries, elimination of the boat launch and 265 m of public water's edge at the lake and in the channel.

To accomplish this, Bonnie Park shifts north to include channel footage and maintains current lake frontage. There will be an expanded green component if no boat launch is offered and there will be a reduced amount of public parking within Bonnie Park. Other areas will be used for public parking and the redevelopment plan will include public gathering areas, naturalized areas, an observation area and an opportunity for pavilions or what they call pop-up retail.

The plan also proposes a new building incorporating washrooms for the public and boaters, a marina office and potential retail. The Lorne Park Trail connection will be maintained and they are proposing expanded town boat slips in the harbor although this requires a partnership due to the water lot ownership rights.

The Malone Wharf area on the northwest will maintain dive access, have naturalized areas of vegetation and potentially seasonal bridges linking breakwaters. They are also recommending an observation area and a platform along the edge of the wharf for fishing which is very popular now.

The real money comes in with low density residential being proposed for the Malone Road area and the developer who purchased the Bonnie Boats property is negotiating the release of some of that property in exchange for other development opportunities.


The process is ongoing until September 19 when the recommendations will be made to Town Council.

From a boaters perspective, it sounds as though some of the boat slips will be maintained but the pump out and fuel dock facilities are in question.

Readers of Boating Industry Canada News Week will be interested to see the projections for fuel sales that the planners put forward.

Depending on the volume of fuel sold, the planners indicate that the industry norm gives a 15 to 20% margin for fuel sales and the example of $100,000 in gas dock revenues being approximately $85,000 in fuel costs. With annual revenues in excess of $150,000, the profit margin increases but they identified two major challenges.

First, 30 of the existing slips are held by sailboat users and they suggest that these only use a small amount of fuel. Second, with only 80 or 81 slips even in an expanded Marina, the profit margin would be at the lower end of the scale. Based on an 80 slip marina with 30 slips occupied by sailboats and 10 slips set aside for transient boaters, a 10 year projection of sales and profits was put forward including both the cost of the fuel sold, as well as the labor to sell it.


This projection suggested a net profit over the first 10 years of $76,960 but also noted that the investment to set up a fuel pump and dock is estimated at $245,000 and has a life cycle of approximately 20 years. Therefore, while the fuel dock would provide an annual net profit it would not cover the replacement cost by the end of the 20 year cycle.

Does that math sound familiar?

Stay tuned to see where this goes but I suspect that Lake Simcoe boaters will lose the fuel dock opportunity in this redevelopment.

Featured Articles

  • Prev
News Week has just learned that on November 15, 2018, the Ontario Government introduced sudden ...
Ticket sales have opened, and until December 24th prospective visitors can take advantage of ...
The Vancouver International Boat Show has announced that cast-members of the Discovery Channel ...
We have just learned that a technology company called Semcon in Sweden has developed an ...
The 2018 Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine was a fantastic success. With ...
Check out this quick video – Andy Adams of Boating Industry Canada talked to Rob Davidson, Program ...
Delivered through Georgian College at their Midland, Ontario campus, this represents a ...
At the Quebec Job Creator Awards Gala, held on October 24, 2018 at the Quebec City Convention ...
The Rock Aqua Jays water ski team in Janesville, Wisconsin – with triple 300hp Mercury Racing ...
This two-day theoretical course covers legislation and safe operation principles for lifting ...

HELP SAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO (ECO)

FOCA logoNews Week has just learned that on November 15, 2018, the Ontario Government introduced sudden plans to eliminate the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). A vote on this was rushed through on December 6. The ECO is our environmental watchdog, supporting public participation through the Environmental Registry, as well as government accountability for decisions that affect our environment, now and into the future.

FOCA (the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association) opposes the elimination of the office of the ECO, and has written to the Premier and party leaders but we feel the marine industry should add our voice.

Read more about ECO...

Marine Products

  • Prev
The Tides Marine SmartSeal® system is designed to detect and warn of various vessel conditions that ...
EnerSys® (NYSE:ENS), a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial ...
SmartPlug Systems' new Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter provides boat owners with another ...
Emergency assistance and breakdown firm, River Canal Rescue, has formally launched Bilgeaway – ...
In Canada’s boating industry, we often discuss ways to bring in new boaters. Here’s one we just had ...
Following the success of the Tiwal 3 (nearly 1,000 boats sold), Tiwal will be presenting their ...
The realization that a macerator pump needs servicing leaves many boat owners sighing with despair. ...
Transducers USA, an industry leading supplier of audible signal devices, has announced the ...
You may be familiar with the tremendous advantages of Searchlight Sonar or maybe you ...
Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance underwater LED lighting systems, announced the ...

TIWAL UNVEILS A NEW POCKET SAILER DREAM BIG, PACK SMALL

Tiwal Pocket SailerFollowing the success of the Tiwal 3 (nearly 1,000 boats sold), Tiwal will be presenting their latest little boat at Boot Düsseldorf: Tiwal 2, the inflatable sailing dinghy which is even lighter, more compact, and is ready to sail in 15 minutes. Tiwal intends to make the Tiwal 2 the essential toy aboard cruising boats.

Designed and developed by Marion Excoffon, the Tiwal 2 inflatable sailing boat will be unveiled at Boot Düsseldorf from 19th to 27th January 2019. This small, inflatable, single-handed 2.80 m dinghy is equipped with a loose-footed sail of 5.6m².

Read more about the pocket sailer...

 

People

  • Prev
West Marine, the world’s largest boating supply retailer, has hired retail executive Ken ...
Groupe Beneteau is announcing Christophe Lavigne’s appointment as President of US brands Four ...
Weems & Plath President Peter Trogdon has announced a “Change of Watch” at the company he ...
North Sails are pleased to announce that Robert Greenhalgh has joined the team. A key hire ...
We are delighted to tell you that Les Sparks is celebrating his 45th anniversary with Mercury ...