NAC Action Alert
WRECK BEACH
VANCOUVER, BRITSH COLUMBIA

September 25, 2004

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                      NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE
                            ACTION ALERT
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                 http://www.naturistsociety.com/NAC/
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DATE : September 25, 2004
SUBJECT: Wreck Beach, British Columbia
TO : All naturists


Dear Naturist,

The threat to the character and possible future existence of Wreck Beach has reached a point of crisis. In close cooperation with the Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS), the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) is requesting your immediate participation in a grass roots battle to preserve Wreck Beach.

NAC is asking you to send e-mail and postal correspondence to regional authorities who control the fate of Wreck Beach. Read on for details.


BACKGROUND

Wreck Beach in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is one of the most beautiful clothing-optional beaches in the world. It wraps nearly 8 km. around the Point Grey peninsula and is framed by spectacular forested cliffs. Above those cliffs lies the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Presently the pristine forested cliffs above the beach hide any university buildings from view, giving beachgoers a natural backdrop that approaches wilderness, despite close proximity to the city. This precious heritage view greeted Captain George Vancouver centuries ago and is still enjoyed by boaters and people who visit the tidal flats today.

For years, UBC campus development has threatened the natural character of the adjacent foreshore and cliffs. But this year University officials literally went "over the top" when they began construction of the first of four intended 20-storey Marine Residence student towers, only hundreds of feet from the cliff edge, overlooking the most popular area of the beach.

Started with virtually no public consultation, the construction planning has triggered a public outcry, with the WBPS pointing to specific environmental impacts. Those include: 

  1) inevitable bird strikes on tall buildings
  2) the potential for cliff erosion and the beach-threatening
     solutions that will surely be proposed to protect the new
     construction from the effect of such erosion.

More than any other issue, the potential loss of the wilderness-like setting has captured the attention of naturists and nature lovers from around the world. Simply put, the construction of towers looming over the beach would forever change the character of Wreck Beach.

The Wreck Beach Preservation Society is asking the official stewards of the beach, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and other regional authorities to protect the public park from this irreparable loss. The concerns of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society are shared by many. As this NAC Action Alert is being released, nearly 20,000 petition signatures have been collected as validation of the WBPS position.


NAC ASKS ALL CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS TO CONTACT THE FOLLOWING AUTHORITIES

Send correspondence to as many as possible. Send postal mail, e-mail - or BOTH! So that the Wreck Beach Preservation Society may have a record of your contact, please send a copy of each e-mailed letter to: judyw@wreckbeach.org

  1) GVRD-UBC JOINT COMMITTEE
     c/o Paulette Vetleson,
     Corporate Secretary to the Joint GVRD-UBC Committee
     4330 Kingsway,
     Burnaby, B.C. CANADA V5H 4G8
    
paulette.vetleson@gvrd.bc.ca

  2) GVRD-UBC JOINT COMMITTEE
     c/o Kristian Nichols, GVRD
     Electoral A Administrator and Planner,
     Policy and Planning Department,
     4330 Kingsway,
     Burnaby, B.C. CANADA-V5H 4G8
    
kristian.nichols@gvrd.bc.ca

  3) INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS of the JOINT GVRD-UBC COMMITTEE:
     Gary Gibson, Electoral District A: 
gbgibson@telus.net
     Councillor Raymond Louie:
clrlouie@city.vancouver.bc.ca
     Mayor Ralph Drew, Belcarra, B.C.:
rdrew@shaw.ca

  4) MEMBERS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE WHO CAN BE REACHED THROUGH GVRD:
     Nicola Byres, UBC Board of Governors
     Bryce Rositch, UBC Board of Governors
     Chancellor Allan McEachern, UBC Board of Governors

    
Address postal mail and e-mail to the above-named officials ...
       c/o Shelley Jackson, GVRD Program Assistant
       4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H 4G8
       email:
Shelley.Jackson@gvrd.bc.ca
       fax: (604) 436-6970

  5) PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
     Martha Piper, President of UBC and Member, Board of Governors
     c/o Shelley Jackson (see #4, above).

  6) GVRD PARK COMMITTEE CHAIR
     Judy Higginbotham
     c/o Paulette Vetleson,
     Corporate Secretary to the Joint GVRD-UBC Committee
     4330 Kingsway,
     Burnaby, B.C. CANADA V5H 4G8
     Judy Higginbotham's e-mail:
jehigginbotham@city.surrey.bc.ca

  7) GVRD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
     c/o Paulette Vetleson, (see #1, above)

  8) GVRD CAO
     Johnny Carline, CAO of the GVRD
     c/o Paulette Vetleson, (see #1, above)


WHO SHOULD WRITE?

NAC is asking ALL CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS to e-mail or write. This includes residents of the US, as well as those who live in Canada and elsewhere. Vancouver and UBC pride themselves on their international appeal.


WHAT SHOULD I SAY?

When you write, be sure to give your name and address. Anonymous correspondence is typically ignored. Be polite. Carefully express your outrage and your resentment, if you wish, but avoid threats and name-calling.

In your message, state very clearly that you OPPOSE the proposed towers, as well as the height of the first tower now under construction.


SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER

Please use your own words. You may simply and respectfully ask decision-makers to consider the requests of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, or you may elaborate on any of the following points

  1) The need to protect the environment from irreparable harm has been inadequately addressed. Those rushing the construction of the towers have brushed off concerns about cliff stability and such environmental concerns as eagle habitat.

  2) Geotechnical and environmental studies have been released to the GVRD, but UBC has withheld those studies from the public. The University MUST make all of this information available to the Wreck Beach Preservation Society and to the public. What legitimate purpose is served by hiding the studies?

  3) GVRD, entrusted with stewardship of Wreck Beach, must be encouraged to continue its efforts to prevent the loss of one of Vancouver's most beautiful and unspoiled viewscapes of forested cliffs by the sea.

  4) Months ago, WBPS raised a small blimp to the height of the 20-storey buildings and demonstrated that the towers would hulk quite visibly above the tree line. UBC refused to accept that result, but now will allow no one else to prove or disprove it, although they claim their blimp raised in June was not visible from the beach. If University officials believe the Wreck Beach Preservation Society is mistaken about the overshadowing profiles of the towers to be imposed on the beach, then those University officials should be happy to have WBPS proven wrong! UBC MUST allow GVRD staff to raise an impartial blimp to the 20-storey height within the footprint for each site of the three remaining proposed towers. 

  5) There is an unaddressed need for storm water management to avoid cliff erosion.

  6) There is a desperate need for a full, transparent public process regarding the design and heights of the three remaining towers, as well as the height of Tower #1 now under construction. The University MUST immediately become the good neighbor it has claimed to be.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

If you haven't done so already, you may wish to add your name to an online petition initiated by the Wreck Beach Preservation Society.
For details, visit the web site of WBPS at
www.wreckbeach.org


WHAT IS NAC DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee is working closely with the Wreck Beach Preservation Society on this issue. NAC has provided consultation and analysis to WBPS.


MORE INFORMATION

Additional information about the Wreck Beach situation is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:

www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Select ALERTS, ADVISORIES & UPDATES and then "Current Alerts" to find
this Advisory and links to additional information at LOCAL ISSUES on the NAC web site.


PLEASE HELP NAC HELP NATURISTS IN CANADA AND ELSEWHERE

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. NAC is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies on the grass roots participation of those who understand that individuals working together can make a difference.

NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues, and it relies completely on voluntary contributions from concerned and involved naturists like you. Monitoring lawmakers and coordinating action across North America is expensive.

Won't you take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous donation? You may send your donation to the address below, or you may call toll free (800) 886-7230 during normal office hours to donate by phone using your MasterCard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Judy Williams
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Bob Morton - Executive Dir. - <
ctnudists@aol.com>
Judy Williams - Board Member - <
judyw@wreckbeach.org>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <
naturist@sunclad.com>
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