Parksville city council is being taught a lesson: drag your feet on making the right decision long enough and the consequences will rear its ugly head.
The Parksville Beach Resort lays vacant, boarded up and derelict. This former thriving business is now a canker on the face of downtown. It is only a matter of time before the taggers with their bombs of spray paint defile the site with outrageous graffiti, or some mysterious spark ignites the tinder dry buildings and razes the place to the ground.
That it sits on prime beach front real estate is obvious. The owner needs to be encouraged by council to carry on with his intent to redevelop this space for the benefit of Parksville residents, not thrown stumbling blocks at every turn. Will 2014 be the year when city council makes the bold moves to get this once vital property back into being a solid contributor to the city tax base and a credit to the citizens of this fair city?