Foreshores safety a priority
IT IS not what the foreshores look like during the day that worries one Jetty business owner most - it's what they become at night that has him joining the chorus of calls for a major makeover.
As the trustee of The Observatory holiday units, Neil Manson has a unique vantage point over what happens at the foreshores once the sun goes down.
"My biggest concern is for the safety of locals and guests," Mr Manson said.
"I would love to think that people could dine at the Jetty, marina or Fishing Club and then be able to enjoy an evening stroll, but at the moment that is not something that I would feel comfortable recommending.
"As the bush on the foreshores has grown, so has the level of unsavoury activity in the area involving drugs, sexual encounters and parties. It is blatantly obvious what is happening down there every night. The current situation provides undesirables with the perfect setting and their behaviour makes the area intimidating to the rest of us.
Mr Manson said opening up the landscape and improving the lighting along pathways is the only way to stamp out such activity and make the foreshores safer for tourists and locals.
"Apart from the safety issue I believe a makeover of the foreshores all the way from North Wall to Gallows would provide a much needed boost for the city.
"Improving the amenity of the Jetty precinct would become a major economic driver for Coffs Harbour."