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George passes first reading at Gibsons Council

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A controversial waterfront hotel project in Gibsons got a vote of confidence from Town Council Tuesday night… but a cautious one.

The vote followed a review of geotechnical reports showing that with modifications to The George – including a slight increase in height – the aquifer would be protected. But, they also show more study is needed.

Councillor Stafford Lumley calls aquifer protection a deal breaker.

Councillor Jeremy Valeriote also has some reservations around the proposed height.

Mayor Wayne Rowe says support at this stage, is the only way to guarantee that happens.

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Rowe, and several in the gallery, expressed frustration as a vote was delayed by debate on amendments and apparent uncertainty from some Councillors.

In the end it was unanimous.

The project still has to clear several hurdles and face a public hearing before a final decision.

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