Let’s head back to June of 1963 when a proposal was presented to council for a major new marina for 500 vessels, a hotel, service station, 400-car parking lot, yacht club and several retail stores for land on the south side of the Tsawwassen ferry causeway.
Also occupying part of what was known as the Tsawwassen Indian Reserve, the proposal by Shoreline Holdings Ltd. would have included a yacht clubhouse that would have had a large banquet room, coffee shop, lounge, sleeping facility and other amenities.
The buildings would have been in an “Indian theme in keeping with their surroundings.”
Shoreline Holdings Ltd. had been granted a lease of the property by Indian Affairs for 20 years with an option to renew it, council was informed.
At the time, it was suggested the marina would also solve the problem of the lack of public access to Tsawwassen Beach from English Bluff Road.
The proposal died on the vine.