Re: Saanich moves on planning for Panama Flats (News, Aug. 17)
I don’t believe much “progress” is needed in terms of developing the Panama Flats.
As a runner, walker, dog owner and new mom, the Flats is already, in my opinion, developed enough.
There are trails all throughout the area where birds do not nest, and it’s wonderful watching the flora and fauna change with the seasons. Where else in suburbia do you have wild, wide open spaces like this?
I suggest that council members spend some time walking the area. I believe they would see that the Flats already serves its function as a floodplain, salmon-bearing habitat, rare ecosystem and recreational area.
If council wants to strengthen our community, as any good council should seek to do, then why not spend the $45,000 “consulting” dollars to install signage and implement a local team of naturalists to lead tours?