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"The exciting part about Britannia Beach from our towns point of view is that its our front door and it doesnt matter what we do within our community, were going to be judged on what Britannia Beach turns out to be.
"Britannia Beach is a huge project but its one thats very important to Squamish and its one thats going to get done because its so important to the Olympics.
"The federal governments interested (in Britannia Beach), I know Victorias interested and the regional districts interested because the opportunitys there to be part of an investment."
Sutherland conceded the Britannia Beach project was complex but he was sure the will was there to fix it.
"Theres lots of other places in the world that have been neglected for long periods of time but things can get fixed up pretty easily and pretty quickly when the will exists to do it.
"The will we have right now, the will everyone has, is that in 2010 the whole world is going to be driving by and that gives good incentive for everyone to fix it up."
Hodson, from the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, agreed the incentive to do well was undeniable but she said the most positive thing about living in Squamish was that the community genuinely wants to be involved.
"At a meeting recently one gentlemen said, weve been talking about it (development) for 15 years but this is the first time it feels like its going to happen," Hodson said.
"We have advisory meetings up here and 150 turn up to each one. Theres a lot of communities that couldnt care less, like in Vancouver if they had a meeting for development they wouldnt get that many people to come out.
"You can feel the energy here, everybody that I know is on a committee of some kind."
Hodson said Squamish was extremely lucky to be in the position its in.
"The biggest challenge is to manage it because a lot of communities would die and our communitys struggling but theres action being taken and theres planning being done.
"Theres a lot of communities struggling after being hit with fires and the downturn in economy, but were extremely lucky that weve got all these projects going on."
Hodson said the waterfront development, in particular, could do for Squamish what Granville Island has done for Vancouver.
"It took Prince Rupert eight years to get all the ducks in a row and start ferry services and I think thats whats going to happen with us.