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White Rock On The Rocks?

What defines White Rock for you. If you were trying to describe our "City by the Sea" how would you do it?


The White Rock council (which I am proudly a member of) barely sat down when a rogue storm caught the city by surprise and destroyed our iconic pier. The pier along with the promenade along the seashore has been drawing visitors to our fair city for year. The devastation caused by the storm coupled with work on the rail lines to install lights and whistles at the level crossings has torn the jewel from our crown.

Before any of this happened council was already in motion to address the dieing waterfront. Not an easy task by any standards. For years various councils and city staff have pondered what needs to be done to revitalize our waterfront. Years ago the city created the Business Improvement Association through a levy on the commercial property owners. Their budget to "IMPROVE" businesses in White Rock now tops out at roughly speaking $330,000.00. The BIA proudly touts the CONCERTS AT THE PIER as one of their major missions to improve tourism to our fair city. The concerts sponsored in part by the TD bank and booked, staged and managed by Rob Warwick of ROCKITBOY ENTERTAINMENT and Kelly Breaks of BLUE FROG STUDIOS have proven to be so popular with our community, the BIA is now advertising for a full time Entertainment Director.

Today a posting on FACEBOOK posed the very question of "What would it take to get you to the waterfront of White Rock?" Here is a sampling of the replies.

I would like to hear your ideas and thoughts on why our beach front is on the rocks 8 months a year. Even after the recent storm and extensive damage to the beach, when the sun came out the sidewalks were packed, the restaurants were hopping and traffic was bumper to bumper from one end of town.

David Chesney

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Here is a random sampling of some of the comments posted on FACEBOOK

1. I'd like to see a good restaurant with healthy choices. I don't know about the rest of you, but when you get older your health matters a lot more and greasy foods just don't appeal. I would like to see many of the premises cleaned up (meaning clean inside). Wider sidewalks for walking. Cannabis store / Craft beer / clothing / shoe stores with unique items / a shop displaying Artisan jewelery / grocery store of some sort / a good bakery with fancy stuff - like Granville Island. I do love the singing ice cream guy, but he's not there very much. I've purchased hats and earrings from the Museum because they were unique. I love La Conner, Steveston, Fort Langley, even the shops in Downtown Langley...I'm always shopping there when I could be shopping here. PS - pay parking is not an issue, more of an inconvenience, but it's not downtown Vancouver.

2. Until the rent structure changes in that area everything will stay the same. Having a 4 month window to make your income but with a 12 month high rent doesn't make any business sense for any business. This doesn't even tackle all the issues yet just rent. So much to do but we have to start somewhere.

3. Popular California beach towns have teen/adult equipment such as volleyball nets, basketball courts slack lines, gym rings, etc - let’s give the youth and young adults a fun/positive place to hang out!

4. For me personally, I would love to see more of a main st/commercial dr vibe. More unique retail shops that aren't "touristy" like what it is now. There are some decent restaurants but the shopping just doesn't do it for me. Also I feel like the majority of the strip needs an updated look.

5. I don't have a dog now, but when I did we only went to the beach part of east beach because we weren't allowed to stroll the promenade or walk the strip. I hear there is talk of this changing in the off season and I really hope it does. I know the concerns are people not cleaning up after their dogs, but there is concern for this everywhere. Fine people who aren't cleaning up. I think of places like Cannon Beach that are dog friendly and people are free to tie their pets up outside the shops while they browse and I think it would be beneficial to a lot of residents. Although Marine drive is primarily focused on tourists in the summer, I think the focus needs to be shifted to locals and residents all year through. The kind of shops I'd like to see there are coffee shops, local artists. If they decide to allow pets, a pet store that sells dog treats, etc. places like handpicked home that would draw you in to browse. I also think there would be a huge benefit to having a replacement to Sandpiper somewhere in White Rock/ South Surrey. There is almost no night life for 30+





Local News

January 16, 2019

l-r Band leader Harley Chappell/New council member Genine Cook/Councillor Joanne Charles

In a private ceremony held on Semiahmoo First Nations land the newly elected council for our neighbours partook in a very touching inauguration ceremony. White Rock council and local MP Gordie Hogg along with a handful of community members were invited to witness the special ceremony.

Genine Cook will replace Roxanne Charles for the next two year term.


January 15, 201

Sunshine Makes Everything Great

Adrian MacNair photo

People continue to wonder what the city of White Rock can do to help the businesses on the waterfront.

Simple solution appears to be, the sunshine. The patios of all the restaurants were packed, traffic was bumper to bumper on Marine Drive and it was shoulder to shoulder on the parts of the promenade that are open.

John B Vye photo


Corry Kriticos photo

Meanwhile out on the water, salvage crews were busy removing one of the sailboats that broke loose in the storm and smashed the pier, was slowly being removed yesterday.

Valerie Berg photo

Crews were also busy Sunday removing one of the storm sailboats from the shore near our famed white rock.


Congratulations Semi

Congratulations today the girls basketball team from Semiahmoo High. Semi defeated Lord Tweedsmuir in the finals Saturday night at the Surrey Fire Fighters girls classic basketball tournament. Game was played @ Lord Tweedsmuir. Good going ladies!


January 11, 2019

White Rock's new council aims to preserve its character, even with towers on the way

While many municipalities voted to slow growth, the seaside community was quickest to make bold moves

(read last night's CBC feature story on our City By The Sea)


Grandview Corners Police Incident

Surrey RCMP Frontline officers arrested two men, and seized drugs and property as a result of a fraud complaint in South Surrey.

At approximately 8:30 am on January 6, 2019, officers attended a business in the 2300 block of 160th Street in Surrey. The business was reporting that a man was attempting to use a credit card which did not bear his name.

Upon arrival investigator’s located the suspect, a male in his 30s from Langley, seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked outside and arrested him for breaching his court ordered conditions.

During a search of the man, officers found him in possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also located drug paraphernalia and suspected illegal drugs in the vehicle.

A short time later a second man, in his 40s from Surrey, returned to the vehicle and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation included a further search of the vehicle and as a result, police located and seized several items including a black tactical vest with a “Police” patch and a bag of suspected methamphetamine which estimated to be 548 doses.

“Particularly on the frontline of policing, there are no routine calls,” says Inspector Kevin Beson, Surrey RCMP ‘C’ Watch Duty Officer. “Our officers encounter challenges and situations on a regular basis, that present an opportunity to make the city a safer place, like in this instance where the officers were able to remove potentially illicit drugs from the street.”

The man who is alleged to have breached his conditions was held in custody, the second man was released as the investigation continues.


January 10, 2019

Logging Out

Crews were busy removing some of the logs that crashed into the shoreline in White Rock in the December storm which destroyed our pier.

The city is hopeful they will have a full engineering report on the state of the pier in the next two weeks. From there the cost and time frame for repair will be finalized.


Aligning Our Priorities: Council's Strategic Priorities

If you were unable to attend one of the two sessions this week, please take a moment to take part in the survey to let us know what your "view" is of White Rock.

Have your say! Unable to attend the Public Consultation Sessions? Fill out the survey to provide your input into the 2018 - 2022 Council's Strategic Priorities

Click here for the survey link -




Night Owl

Just For Laughs

Time to lighten up a tad. classic rock - rocks Blue Frog this weekend. AL HARLOW of the 80's rock group PRISM brings his new band to White Rock for one night, one show only.

(details and tickets here)


TNT The Naked Truth

The new impaired regulations have Don Pitcairn seeing double.

(read more)



Eve Lees

This is the time of the year when our clothes seem a little tighter and we are moving a little slower. EVE has just the solution.

(click here)


Video of the Day

Very cool video courtesy regular reader and contributor CHRISTY FOX.


Chesney's Chestnut


Thought For The Day


Community Calendar

(click here for more community events)


Tomorrow in THE SUN

Weekend Update

Your guide to what's on this weekend








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