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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2002 4:24 pm 
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Hi folks,

I just spoke to a friend in Cape Town, Angus from Cape Dr. He told me that there is a plan to build a hovercraft link all across the table bay, in which most kite- and windsurfing is going on and some surfing, too. The hovercraft would be running close to the shore (about 1km), and would seriously impact that brilliant surfing area. Noise, danger from the hover craft, etc.

All sorts of people are protesting, from surfers to residents and environmental agencies. It would be great if you could support the protest with a simple email.

Please write an email to goose@capedr.co.za with the subject line "Hovercraft protest" and a few lines describing why you are against it and may be that it could impact your decision to go kiting in Cape Town.

Goose (=Angus) will then collect all those emails, print them out and take them to the next council meeting, to give the voice of protest against this project more weight.

If you want to check out more, go to Wavescape at http://www.wavescape.co.za/top_bar/tidi ... _FACTs.htm

Thanks very much in advance for your help!

Cheers,

Nico


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Nico, thx for your effort!

I just sent an e-mail to help the guys.

Everyone else, pls join!

Thx
Toby


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Done Mine.


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I put together the following text for an email that others might send out. Nico, what do you think about this, is it accurate?

"I understand that a new hovercraft route and landing facility is contemplated for Big Bay in Cape Town. If this intended use comes to pass it will seriously impact watersports in this area. In particular the unsafe conditions created by this use will likely eliminate kiteboarding in this area.

At present many tourists from various parts of Africa and Europe visit this area primarily for kiteboarding. Excellent conditions for this popular sport exist in Big Bay. I had planned on visiting the area myself to kiteboard.

If the proposed hovercraft facility is constructed as currently configured, safe kiteboarding will no longer be possible. I understand from comments by Dr. Johan Neethling, (ex head of Cape Nature Conservation) hired as environmental consultant by Hovercape, that he personally believes there is a better landing site 900m further north up the coast near Eerstesteen. He feels this site would have less social impact.

If this project comes into being as currently proposed, it would remove a primary reason for myself and many other tourists to vacation in your city. I therefore request that alternative, less impacting routing and/or other material modifications be considered for this project.

Thank you,"



Rick Iossi
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Thanks Rick.
Your proposal is a lot more acceptable and i will not hesitate to sign it.
Nico


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Hi Rick and all others,

thanks so much for the fast response and the great idea of preformulating a text. I am very impressed with the community spirit that comes through in such important matters, as we could also see on the very constructive discussions on safety, etc.

All those who haven't had the chance to send something, your help would also be highly appreciated!

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Nico


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Done

Just have to visit this spot to be sure, that it's worth it :wink: (just jokin)

Greeetzzzz

Louis


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 10:11 am 
Just sent out the "protest" letter a few seconds ago...

I hope it will help somehow.

It would be nice to know, though, how sucessfull you will be with this issue..

Damjan


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I added

"Please respect the environment and people using the environment respectfully."


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On 2002-10-18 11:11, Anonymous wrote:
Just sent out the "protest" letter a few seconds ago...

I hope it will help somehow.

It would be nice to know, though, how sucessfull you will be with this issue..

Damjan


I will ask Goose to give me updates and I will post these here in the forum, so you all know what's going on.


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