White Rock council OKs boozy pier party

WHITE ROCK – Council has tipped its glass to holding a 100th anniversary party for the White Rock Pier in August that will include alcohol, food and live entertainment on the wooden structure.

The approval came after staff was asked to go back at the last council meeting and bring forth more information for the event, which would also be a fundraiser Semiahmoo Arts, which will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The event is scheduled to take place on August 28 between 7 and 10 p.m. on the pier, and will see most of the structure blocked off for the ticketed event.

Included in the evening’s festivities will be live entertainment at the end of the pier, and several food and beverage stations along the way.

In addition to the pier’s festivities, activity stations will be set up along the promenade and at the foot of the pier for the general public to enjoy.

Coun. Alan Campbell, who wondered about the seemingly low cost of $3,500 to the city, said he was satisfied when staff came back with the same number.

“I questioned it before because the accountability the policing cost seemed very low and there were a few of us who thought that. But they came back and showed the same number, so let’s hope they’re right,” he said.

Of that $3,500, $500 is committed to policing with the rest of security to be provided by a security company hired by Semiahmoo Arts.

“We just wanted to make sure the safety measures were there, especially with people crossing the tracks and alcohol being served,” said Coun. Bill Lawrence. “The safety of the people who participate is paramount, so that was our main concern.”

Campbell said the motion was passed unanimously and the pier deserved recognition for its milestone anniversary.

“Everyone was very supportive and we’re really looking forward to it,” he said.