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His Worship JamesAtebe Members of Council Members of the Economic Development Select Committee District of Mission 8645 Stave Lake Street, Box 20 Mission, B.C. V2V 4L9 August 27, 2010 Re: Waterfront Proposal – Sturgeon’s on the Fraser I am writing to express Tourism Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows support for the development proposal on the Mission Waterfront for Sturgeon’s on the Fraser. The Fraser River is an important and underutilized tourism opportunity for the Fraser Valley. Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional districts recently announced an initiative to have the Fraser River become a tourist destination with land and water based system of parks, trails, campsites and boat docks. This initiative is being supported with $2.5 million in seed money from the Ministry of Tourism. Sturgeon’s on the Fraser will enhance the tourist experience and could be an important element to the

tourism strategy for the Fraser River, Mission and surrounding communities. Tourism product development is vital to growing regions desirability as a destination and this proposal would benefit the efforts of the other tourism partners in the region. It would be an exciting addition to the sport and pleasure craft operators on the River, as well as a destination for land based travelers looking for a unique and quality destination on the Fraser resulting in more visitors to our region. The North Fraser area is enjoying unprecedented accessthanks to the building of the Pitt River and Golden Ears Bridges and having destinations like this proposal will benefit all of our efforts to attract more visitors to the region and their economic benefits.

Sincerely,

Kristina Gervais

12492Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BCV3Y 2J4P. 604-460-8300


Executive Director

12492Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BCV3Y 2J4P. 604-460-8300


Tourism Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows