Spit Update

March 8, 2022


A message from incoming SWS (Squamish Windsports Society) president Sean Millington.

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to our membership and provide some insight as to what the SWS has been working on lately on your behalf. I am sure access is top of mind for most and consequently, it is for us as well. Also, I would like to update you on where things are at with the spit. We are working hard to ensure that despite the changes, we will have a fun and successful windsports season! 

The first order of business to accomplish this is for our members to be able to access spit island. We have looked at many options and plan to provide you with what we consider to be the two most viable solutions to vote on. This should happen before the end of the week. We are hopeful that everyone will take the time to participate in this vote as it will determine the future of access to the spit for this year. Time is also of the essence; as in order to secure these options, we need to move on them as soon as possible. So please don’t delay voting once it goes live.

I know that many of you will have alternative suggestions and we are always happy to look at any and all options. That being said please keep these variables in mind when making suggestions: timeliness (can it be done in time for the season), cost, environmental (for instance it can’t impact the substrate. Also here are some, but not all, of the choices that we looked at, that were abandoned or postponed due to one or more of the above-mentioned variables. The realign not remove campaign, a bridge, a floating bridge, and a cable ferry to mention a few.

Lastly, a quick update on where things currently stand with the spit. Approximately 200m of the road has been removed and removal of the remaining 100m is halted pending the current Herring spawn. It is anticipated that will last for the next few weeks with the remaining work being finished 3-4 weeks after that. Please don’t hold us accountable to these timelines as they are from CERP and not under our control.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and participate in ensuring that we are all able to continue to enjoy the sports we love. I know it's been said many times before in other contexts but we really are in this together and together as a board and membership we will come up with a viable solution.