Well y’all might remember when I wrote about the safety issue in the NTC Channel back in late October. Scott MacLaggen has been checking with Harbor Police Chief Bolduc monthly on the status of the Navy’s fix to the channel… but nothing other than promises from the Navy. That is, until two days ago – just before New Year’s.
Scott forwarded me an e-mail in which Chief Bolduc let him know the Navy had installed nine new 5 MPH buoys the length of the channel, with a verbal promise to enlarge the 5 MPH sign at the entrance of the channel. And just like that, change for the better occurred.
Color me jaded, but before I wrote about this event I had to see for myself. So, I took my canine wards for a walk one recent evening along the channel. The wind had died down and the channel was a grey mirror of polished pewter as the sun set in the West over the ridge of Point Loma.
In the gathering purples and greys of twilight, there they were: nine bright and shiny new 5 MPH buoys set out at intervals and running the length of the channel. The only boat in the channel was a Harbor Police boat. It came down the channel engaging in a slow-motion slalom between the new buoys, circling the last one before heading back out to the bay. I would like to think it was a sort of peaceful victory lap.
The ego in me would like to believe the article in the OB Rag was the impetus for finally getting a job done. I know, however, it was the tenacity of two people, Scott MacLaggen and Chief Bolduc, who made this happen. One a citizen with a reasonable request, the other a representative of the government who recognized a problem for the public and with true concern did something about it; quickly, effectively and without any fanfare. Which leads me to just one more question.
Chief Bolduc, have you ever thought about running for Mayor?
Those are my thoughts, and I welcome yours.