Sooke Harbour: News:
Sheringham 10-acre park nears reality Lighthouse society nets 3,500
signatures for petition to send back to Ottawa
Sooke News Mirror
April 13, 2005
Members of the Sheringham Point
Lighthouse Preservation Society see a glimmer of light at the end of
After two years of painstaking
preparation, the non-profit organization has caught the eye and
support of local government and are hoping to attract federal and
provincial attention for a scheme to preserve the near 100-year old
lighthouse in a 10-acre park.
Thanks to the diligent work of society
members, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP Dr. Keith Martin received a
3500-signature petition this month with the John Hancocks of
concerned residents from across the country.
"I have to give the Sheringham
Lighthouse Society huge accolades for the way they've conducted
themselves," said Martin. "A lot of work has been done."
As the lighthouse is still owned and
operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, Martin plans to present the
petition to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Geoff Raegan (the
minister responsible for the Coast Guard) and noted he believes the
petition should be well received.
"I think we are very close to making
(the park) a reality," Martin said.
The society has actively campaigned to
save the lighthouse from the clutches of private developers,
suggesting their membership could help manage the park if various
levels of government could secure the surrounding land for public
use. While the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks Commission has
agreed to take on the new park as part of their portfolio, the land
falls under federal jurisdiction.
"This will be the ultimate in a
private-public partnership," said Michael Galizio, lighthouse
Now more than two years old, their
membership united over the issue when rumour began circulating that
the lighthouse would be cut from Coast Guard program. "What we did
was pull all the individuals together who were working on it so we
could-(front) a concerted effort."
According to Coast Guard communications
officer Dan Bate the site is still fully operational.
Sheringham Point Lighthouse was built in 1912 to guide mariners
through the thick fog and rough waters that plague the west coast of
The lighthouse society encompasses some
150 members and includes honorary members of the Arden family
(Eustace Arden was the first lighthousekeeper, working from
1912-1946) and the Clark family (who donated the property for the
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