Screenshot from a video of the final seconds of Danielle McTaggart’s 12 hours spent on a floatie on Cultus Lake on Aug. 8, 2019.

One day later and no fine yet for Cultus Lake’s giant pizza floatie fundraiser

Woman spent 12 hours on the lake on Aug. 8 despite the threat of ‘substantial fine’ from park board

It looks as though the Cultus Lake Park Board may have backed down from a threat to take a bite out of a local woman’s pizza-slice floatie fundraiser.

On Aug. 8, musician and new Cultus resident Danielle McTaggart spent 12 hours on an inflatable pizza-slice-shaped floatie to raise money for Nations Cry, a humanitarian organization educating youth in Sierra Leone.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack woman uses giant pizza floatie for 12-hour charity fundraiser

The story of her planned fundraiser was published by The Progress online and in the Aug. 7 print edition after which the public relations company used by the Cultus Lake Park Board sent an email on behalf of Cultus Lake Park chief administrative officer Bonny Bryant.

“Ms. McTaggart appears to have neglected to mention that she does not have approval to hold this event in Cultus Lake Park,” Bryant wrote.

She said McTaggart came to the office to get an event permit but was told she was too late, and McTaggart said she would hold her fundraiser anyway. Bryant said McTaggart had no permit, she would be in violation of several bylaws and fines would be issued.

“Should Ms. McTaggart hold this unauthorized event today, she will be fined a substantial amount of money as she will be breaking multiple bylaws and does not have an event permit for Cultus Lake Park.”

(Click here to read the full email: Cultus Lake Park CAO threatens ‘substantial fine’ to woman for giant pizza floatie fundraiser.)

Danielle McTaggart and her husband Drew held the event anyway, although they were more low key than planned without the performances originally planned.

“We really tried to lay low, small set up and no public invite and no location announced,” Drew told The Progress Friday.

He said someone from the park office did stop by where Danielle was floating, was upset about the filming going on with personal cameras, and told the couple the issue would be dealt with on Friday.

But as of 3 p.m. on Friday, they still had not been issued a fine.

The good news (on top of that) is that Drew said by that time Friday afternoon they had raised $70,000 with donations open for another week. The couple had a goal of raising $50,000.

When asked Friday if a fine would be issued, park CAO Bonny Bryant sent a letter that said, in part, in consideration of privacy rights, they would not provide information on dollar amount of specific fines or bylaw infractions.

“Had she gone through the proper channels in a timely fashion, she may have been approved for this event,” Byant wrote. “However, after calling and being told the process, she made the decision not to submit an application, pay the application fee, or obtain the necessary insurance. She held the event knowing that she was not approved to do so.”

Bryant said the process is needed because many people want to hold events in the park.

“A person cannot randomly decide that the rules and bylaws for Cultus Lake Park do not apply to them. They apply to everyone. We have had multiple events in the Park this spring and summer, all of which — except for Ms. McTaggart — went through the application process, were approved and complied withour bylaws.”

2019.08.09 Response to Ms. … by Paul Henderson on Scribd


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Danielle McTaggart started to float on Cultus Lake for 12 hours on this giant slice of pizza to on August 8 help raise money to send girls to school in Sierra Leone. The Cultus Lake Park Board has threatened to fine her for doing so without permits in violation of bylaws. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Just Posted

Surrey’s ‘House of Horrors’ on hold, but Scream Train will roll in October

People react to Potter’s Facebook post with mixed emotions

Surrey shootings ends city’s hiatus from violence since outset of pandemic

So far this year there have been 24 shootings in Surrey. There were 45 in 2019

South Surrey banner drop marks Global Day of Action

Fridays for Future effort targeted four city overpasses

Surrey to host free focus-on-seniors webinar today

Available resources, supports to be discussed during Oct. 1 event

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

Winter tires, chains now mandatory along most B.C. highways

Drivers without the proper winter tires – which must also be in good condition – can be fined $109

Staff shortages plague Mission Institution following recovery from COVID-19 outbreak

Guards at 60% of workforce; inmates suffer daily with lockdown, mental health issues

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Most Read