Beach staying public

A section of beach in Carr's Landing will not be sold.

Lake Country council made the decision last night before a packed chamber. 

There was talk the district would sell the section know as Gable Beach North to help cover a loan from Kelowna for the purchase of the Rail Trail. 

Cara Reed is from the advocacy group Friends of Gable Beach which has been fighting to save the section of waterfront for almost a year.

"It's been a long fight to get to where we are today," says Reed. "Thousands and thousands of hours have gone into this." 

The section of beach represents 40 per cent of the district-owned waterfront in Carr's Landing. Reed's says there was fear that if this section was sold, it would never come back.

This is the longest continuous stretch of waterfront in Carr's Landing.

"So much of the property in Carr's Landing is now privately owned," says Reed.  "We have so little that every little bit so important."

District staff were approached by three nearby property owners interested in purchasing the strip of land for roughly $1.34 million.

Owners of two houses and one vacant lot wanted to make their lots waterfront, even heading to court twice, but six years ago the district stepped up and stopped that from happening.

The land has been held by the public for more than 100 years.

"We have got an amazing opportunity now to set a legacy that in 10-years-time I think we will look back at this council meeting and say 'this is the starting point of an incredible investment.'"

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