Relax about RVs

Islanders don't like people moving into the area and telling us what to do

I see from Tuesday’s edition of The NEWS that letter writer Richard Pacanowski is still very concerned about his neighbour’s yards and the contents of them.

I appreciate his invitation sir to take a drive around the town where I was born and raised to see what has become of it with all the unsightly luxury RVs and boats cluttering it up.

When I was a child growing up in Parksville in the 1960s and 1970s, there were few RVs in people’s yards because they couldn’t really afford them.

Perhaps a truck camper for hunting or fishing up-island.

If there was a boat bigger than a car-topper, it may have been more important to the owners than the house itself.

I’m happy to see that the residents of our little town are somewhat better off now and are enjoying the benefits of the years of hard work it takes to buy a big beautiful RV.

I’m sure we would all be interested to hear from a real estate professional in regards to this idea that having large expensive toys in the yard could possibly drive down the neighbourhood’s value.

I’m not an expert in the field of property values, but I would think that having $100,000 or more worth of RVs in your yard would make the place more valuable, not less.

An RV in the yard also makes a pretty fantastic guest house for all those unfortunate people who can only take the time to visit our beautiful Island for a short time.

Welcome to our little Island paradise — I hope you are enjoying it here. I assume it’s nicer than where you came from.

Please don’t be one of those people who move somewhere new and then start complaining about what the locals are doing.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, we on the Island don’t really like being told what to do.

RVs and boats are just a natural fit here and people who have bought property shouldn’t have to pay to store their belongings elsewhere because some grumpy people moved next door.

Relax.

Now, can we do something about yappy dogs?

Brad Parent

Coombs