I congratulate Chief Kelly LaRocca on her deal with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. This arrangement seems to be a positive move for the MSIFN and ultimately for our community.
However, I have some concerns with comments made by Chief LaRocca.
Chief La Rocca states that she welcomes "further game related development and non-game related development in our community". She specifically mentions "expanded redevelopment of the Great Blue Heron"(ie casino). She also mentions some form of development for Seven Mile Island. Is this expansion and further development really necessary?
Most home owners and farm families, who live on Scugog Island, love our island and its beautiful pastoral environment as it is. We do not favour further development of a government designated "green belt" area and its negative impact.
We already have above average traffic flow on Island Road 24 hours a day and it is the only road on and off the island. Many of us have had to deal with impaired and sleep deprived drivers from the casino, and as we all know, there are other negative social issues associated with the gambling scene. I also understand that presently, policing of this area is particularly challenging on weekends. Why make this situation worse?
I would sincerely ask Chief La Rocca to re-think these development and expansion ideas.