A view of the new hotel from the water back in 2010.

Looking Back – January 29, 2014

A look back at what made the news in the Sooke area in years past

  • Jan. 29, 2014 10:00 a.m.

February 4, 2009

CRD puts JdF lands up for sale

Reports have surfaced regarding land the Capital Regional District is selling off from some of its assets in the Jordan River and Port Renfrew area.

Properties for sale include the Port Renfrew Fire Hall and Post Office, and 2.51 acres of waterfront property in Jordan River.

The listed value for the Port Renfrew property is $225,000 and an application has been made to change the zoning from community use (CU) to community residential (CR-1), to include business and retail use.

The CRD is also selling off 4.97 acres of vacant rural residential land on Galiano Island adjacent to a regional park.

February 4, 2004

Upstart newspaper group wants funding

A group of Juan de Fuca residents want to launch a newspaper but before anything is inked, they need advice and money.

The JdF News Publication Steering Committee is looking for $2,000 to first conduct a feasibility study. The study would determine the format and frequency of the publication, advertising rates, potential advertisers, salaries and requirement equipment.

The area-wide paper would serve East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River, Port Renfrew, Malahat and Willis Point.

This is the third newspaper proposal coming from this group, with the initial two coming from the East Sooke Business Association.

February 3, 1999

Local businesses gasp at smoking ban impact

The CRD tough clean-air bylaw has shooed away many regulars.

The Compass Cafe owner Rob Dehoog said coffee sales have dropped 30-40 per cent.

Reggies restaurant owner Gay Carlsen said the business has taken the same kind of hit.

Fox Grill has been closing at 9 p.m. because the late-night clients simply are not materializing as they once did.

Mom’s Cafe appears to be bucking the trend.

17 Mile House bar manager Jeremy Wilson said many of his regular customers no longer come to the pub. However, he said, new customers have brought up the slack.

Sooke River Hotel owner Don Rittaler said he has had to cut some hours this month.

Jennifer Hill at Buffy’s said it’s always slow after Christmas, and it’s hard to tell what effect the smoking ban is having. She said her regular customers are still showing up at the pub.

February 2, 1994

Developer revamps store proposal

The man hoping to build East Sooke’s first corner store has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to keep his proposal alive.

Bill Smith, who needs to rezone his property at the corner of East Sooke and Gillespie Roads before going ahead with the project, planned to soften his rezoning application after an initially negative response from the local government agencies.

Instead of the C2 zone he originally applied for, which permits a wide range of commercial activities, he will now apply for a more restrictive C1 zone.

His original proposal called for a two-storey building with cedar siding that would provide the people of East Sooke with all their basic convenience goods.

He was also considering including things like a farmer’s market and video rentals.

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