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General News · 19th July 2019
Colin Funk
In April 2018, Cortes Island Business & Tourism Association (CIBATA) was gifted approximately three acres of commercial property in uptown Mansons Landing located at 785 Sutil Point Road.  CIBATA felt compelled to take ownership of the land, despite the fact that the property was not fully vacated at the time of sale, in order to ensure that the property was secured for the Cortes community. It was, and is, intended as a site for supporting local small business development, needed community services, and a through-way walking path for use by all.

There was one member of our community living on the land when it was transferred, who refused to leave when given an eviction notice by the previous property owner. Beginning shortly after we acquired the property, CIBATA approached him numerous times in an effort to find an appropriate and supportive means to help with his move to another living space.  Over 15 months of negotiations, we made very little progress.  This month however, we were very pleased to offer the individual a cash settlement for his departure from the property.  He signed an agreement to vacate the property and remove all of his possessions by July 9th.    

Unfortunately, as of July 18th, our best efforts to support this individual in his move were stalled.  In defiance of our mutual agreement, many of his possessions were still on CIBATA property, and some larger belongings (a fifth wheel trailer, truck, and bus) were still in transit on the adjacent Rainbow Ridge land (Senior’s Society property).  We called upon the RCMP to assist in the peaceful and successful removal of these possessions from both properties.

CIBATA would like to sincerely thank the members of the Cortes community who have helped this neighbour begin his move to a new location over the past week. Thanks to those who loaned and donated trailers, trucks, and buses to contain and move all his tools, lumber, boats, and personal belongings.  Thanks, too, to the packers, cleaners, movers and shakers who assisted with all the planning, hauling and site clearing. Thanks to the people who have agreed to temporarily store his possessions, trailers, and bus until he finds a permanent home. And, special thanks to the donors who helped to fund the cash settlement, which encouraged him to agree to a relocation plan. Cortes has really rallied around our neighbour to ease a difficult transition.

We wish this member of our community all the best for his move to a new home base on Cortes.  If you too would like to support him during this transition please reach out to him directly, especially if you may be able to offer him permanent rental space (for example:  storage room, workshop, garage-carport, shed, barn, vacant open space, empty acreage and/or house).

In gratitude,
Cortes Island Business & Tourism Association (CIBATA)