Blog 08 November 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay 

1.  ST FRANCIS TOURISM REMINDER -
St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre official opening Dinner on 9 Nov

The long awaited St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre will be officially open on Friday 9 November.  The opening celebration will include a dinner with Peter van Kets as guest speaker, followed by an open day on 10 November that will end with music and a braai on Squid Square while rubbing shoulders with a few King’s rugby players.

Pete van Kets is no stranger to St Francis.  Peter has twice rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in unsupported races, one being a 76 day solo journey.  Pete’s adventures this year started with the Race to the South Pole with Braam Malherbe as part of a two man South African team.   This journey was filmed and broadcast on SABC 3, but Pete will share with us what was not shown on the telly!

 

“We raced for the Earth. We are all in a race against time to slow down and ultimately stop climate change and global warming. Our future and the future of all species depend on the decisions we make and the actions we take in the next few years,” Pete said when he agreed to be the guest speaker at this very special occasion.

The dinner will start at 17:30 for 18:00.  Tickets are available at R150 per person, and includes a 3 course meal.  A cash bar will be available.  Please contact gypsea@saol.com should you like to join them for the dinner.

2.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE -
A conservative estimate of 522 crossings per day over Mahe Beat Bridge this season.
A conservative estimate of 522 crossings per day over Mahe Beat Bridge this season.

A conservative estimate of 522 crossings per day over Mahe Beat Bridge this coming December.

Mahe Beat Bridge St Francis Bay

Mahe Beat Bridge St Francis Bay

Mahe Beat Bridge St Francis Bay

Mahe Beat Bridge St Francis Bay

While following the paddlers in Sunday’s Pam Golding Quadrathlon I came across a sign written on what looked like a tile, “Residents Vehicles only. Thank you. Danger go- slow.” Is this a municipal sign or a sign that a resident has put there to ensure that they will still be able to get in and out. Once the bridge is gone they are stuck, in or out. This happened in the 1996 floods when the water came through the Rabbit Farm.

The retaining walls to the left and right have been damaged, from what I can see. Does this put the bridge in any jeopardy? Is the bridge in fact unsafe? Has an engineer assessed the damage?

At this stage it seems that only residents can pass over the bridge. This means no visitors, no contractors and no garden and pool services unless they go over on foot with their equipment .

Today I calculated a total of 59 homes on the other side of the bridge and 10 of these are occupied. Let’s assume that there is an average of 1.5 cars per home that makes 15 cars at an average of 3 crossings per day makes 90 crossings both ways.

We are very quickly nearing the busy season. Holiday home owners start arriving from the 1st of December with the kids who are on school holiday for the Christmas period. Let’s be conservative and assume that only 60% of homes will be occupied during this time. That is approximately 35 homes with an average of 2.5 cars per home. We have suddenly jumped from 15 cars to 87 and from 90 crossings to 522, that is, if every vehicle crosses 3 times there and back per day….shops, golf, drop kids, fetch kids, back to the shops, to the beach and so on.

This does not allow for visitors or contractors. If all 59 homes were to be occupied this would give us a total of 885 crossings per day.

Some food for thought! If anyone has any news or up-dates on repairs to the bridge please leave your comments for publishing on St Francis Connect.

Concerned St Francis Bay Resident



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