New pontoon fantastic
Re: New pontoon in the wrong place, Dec 29 column.
The new pontoon at the boat ramp is absolutely fantastic, for many reasons, and shows good planning.
It cannot drift around, being connected to huge poles.
Boaties can drive their boats into the pontoon, no different to the existing pontoon on the other side of the ramp, and let a crewman off to retrieve their trailer and vehicle in the new, ample parking spaces.
It was sad to read straight-out abuse of our GDC staff from Craig Miller in his column on Wednesday — especially this rude reaction coming from the club captain.
The pontoon materials are the best available and it really looks smart.
I inspected the pontoons again and the only negative thing I saw was about 20 kids diving in, making honey pots — and as seen for a long time, at risk of being hit or mutilated by boat props. Maori wardens should be there.
High-fives to those who built and organised this second pontoon, including our GDC.
Craig Miller said: “Lastly, Gisborne District Council is going to have to seriously investigate an alternative area with the view to building another more suitable boat ramp and facilities sooner rather than later, as the inner harbour boat ramp is slowly becoming unfit for purpose.”
In response to this last splurge and negative attitude, I suggest Craig Miller should do work like other club captains used to, like riding the Tatapouri ramp tractor to help with launching boats.
I have my heart and soul focused for the club and our community. This latest brain explosion just had to be addressed.
Life member, Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club