I'm looking to find out what other members thoughts are on these new and intrusive signs that were installed at the entrances to Coppermine channel, Ragged Rock channel and Blasted channel. I am hoping that all members will give their 2 cents worth. "Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, blocking up the scenery breaking my mind do this don't do that can't you read the signnnnn!".

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Comment by McDonald, Bryan on October 30, 2016 at 1:38pm

Thank you for your support Darwin

Comment by Darwin Davey on October 30, 2016 at 1:34pm

i had 1 of the slow signs installed on my property without being notified.  i did talk with the people involved and they still feel the slow signs will slow people down.  There is a lot of discussion on whether these signs are prudent.  This is what I would like to see done.  All the signs be removed and an educational blitz in the spring be done up documenting hazard spots in the Bay.  That will be some map because I think everyone of us has hit a rock or had a close call with another boat.  I do ask the Vice president email me so i can have the sign that is on my property removed and a discussion open up for educating not installing signs because a hazard or close call happened. 

The signs have done 2 things, marred the landscape and got people talking.  Signs are not the way to slow people down.  From what I see there are only a few members in support of signs.  Majority rules in most democratic societies.  I put it forward to the board to have the signs removed.  Thank you.  Darwin Davey

Comment by Laurie Masters on October 16, 2016 at 10:54am
I only boat through the affected channels a few times a year so when I first heard that slow signs would be posted, I figured those involved knew best. My thought was they would probably not stop those who speed and wondered if they would have the opposite affect and encourage higher speeds outside of 'slow' zones. I've only seen the signs in Coppermine and thought they were bigger than they need to be.

Based on the reaction on Facebook and the MBA blogs and with benefit of hindsight, I think that education through the email blasts and newsletter and with agreement from the marinas, signage there would work better. I do question how well marina signage and signage at the channels will work. Everyone driving to Stillwater passes the 'dogs must be on a leash' sign and yet my leashed dog and I were attacked by a loose dog this summer. I expect the 'that can't mean me' attitude towards dog signage will apply to the slow signs as well.

MBA minutes show that signage has been discussed for at least a year and yet this caught many people off guard and it seems the scope went beyond what was first presented in the minutes. Thus far the tone of the comments on FB and this website have almost all been respectful of both other commenters and the MBA board, which is great. We all need to feel we can comment without fear of attack and for the MBA website to be a source of helpful feedback for the board and committees and for information sharing.
Comment by Todd Aistrop on October 15, 2016 at 4:12pm
Welcome member!
Comment by Egol, Erik on October 15, 2016 at 4:05pm

I am opposed to the new signs in the bay.  I feel they are an eyesore in some of the most untouched and beautiful parts of the bay, and feel an action such as this should have involved all members of the community, not just the MBA members who were able to attend meetings.

Comment by Alt, Brice & Rachael on October 14, 2016 at 12:54pm

I'm opposed to traffic signs in the bay.

Comment by Lauderback, Karin & Stephen on October 14, 2016 at 7:55am

I agree with Ann & Adrian.  It would be nice if everyone posting on the Facebook page would also put their vote on this blog. 

Comment by McDonald, Bryan on October 13, 2016 at 11:54pm
I mean Ann :)
Comment by McDonald, Bryan on October 13, 2016 at 11:54pm
I agree with Anne
Comment by Peter Hansen Marie Tapert on October 13, 2016 at 9:19am

This is a letter we have written to MBA

Dear McGregor Bay Association:

Our family has been part of the McGregor Bay community since 1945, when my father discovered our island 1628 and built a cabin with a group of friends as a labor of love.  Every year since then, we have visited our island with the certainty that in most important ways, the islands are much the same now as they were in 1945. We know that the Association works hard to promote its mission.

For this reason, at the end of the 2016 season, we were crestfallen to discover that 7 permanent metal traffic signs were installed in 3 Bay channels, Ragged Rock, Blasted, and Copper Mine.  For us and for others like us, these signs disturb the natural beauty and unspoiled nature of McGregor Bay. We respectfully request that the decision to place these signs be re-visited as an agenda item during the next meeting of the Association.

Our questions for the discussion include:

1) Was a safety assessment conducted prior to their being installed? If so, what were the results?

2)  Is there a less obtrusive solution to any perceived safety issue such as buoys?

We believe that the Association’s mission “To protect and enhance the environment of McGregor Bay, to encourage and promote the respectful enjoyment of its unique natural setting, and to represent the interests of all of its residents and other stakeholders.” very much applies to a decision such as this and we look forward to a fuller discussion about how to solve the perceived safety issue in these channels.

Peter Hansen and Marie Tapert


To protect and enhance the environment of McGregor Bay, to encourage and promote the respectful enjoyment of its unique natural setting, and to represent the interests of all of its residents and other stakeholders.


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