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Squamish

Second serve

In September 2004 my wife and I wrote to the mayor concerning the deplorable conditions which exist at the Whistler Racquet Club.

The tennis facility was originally proposed to be a "world class" tennis centre, four indoor courts, 13 outdoor all weather courts, luxury spa, etc., etc.

This did not eventuate and sadly the present club has been so neglected that it is more "third world" than "world class."

We would like answers to the following:

Did the original owners of the site pay the RMOW $300,000 in exchange for building a tennis centre of a much lower quality with fewer indoor and outdoor courts than was proposed?

Has the present owner of the site offered to retire the Millennium Place debt and exchange some other benefits, in order to develop townhomes on part of the existing courts?

If so, will this money and other benefits go back to the tennis club?

Most importantly, will Whistler ever get the "world class" tennis centre, which was originally planned and approved by the RMOW?

Answers to these queries would be appreciated.

I understand that several proposals from both the present owners and the tennis community have been put to the RMOW. Let's not allow a "band aid" solution be applied to the present club and deprive Whistler of the "world class" facility which it deserves.

Surely you must recognize that when we have poor skiing conditions indoor racquet sports are one of the few activities in which visitors can participate.

Maxwell E. Dutch

Whistler

 

So typically Whistler

After reading the Feb. 10 edition of Pique Newsmagazine I was so outraged by three different items I decided I had to write a letter if only to at least calm myself.

First of all the article on the Supreme Court ruling that found two local bars 15 per cent liable each for injuries sustained by one of their patrons who was tragically paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident. Mr. Schweighardt explains he was shocked by this decision and he makes sure people that are leaving the establishment he manages (Buffalo Bill’s) aren't stumbling out the front door, are leaving with responsible individuals and are directed to taxis. Well that sounds super but that is simply not happening. A person is considered legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is over .08. A person weighing 200 pounds would be over the legal limit after only four drinks. Bars are in the business of selling alcohol and they are very skilled at doing this. The bartenders and servers aren't there for the hourly wage. They survive on their tips; the more they sell the more they make. Therefore we shouldn't be shocked at the court’s ruling but we should be shocked that this doesn't happen more frequently. Anyone who walks through the village between midnight and 2 a.m. will experience the chaos that is our responsible bar scene.

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