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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  Editorials It's the little things that count

by Doug Harvey
It's the little things that count

The Port Stanley business community knows what it takes to survive in a small tourist town, but does the Municipality of Central Elgin know what it takes to keep the tourists coming to Port Stanley. Tourists come to Port Stanley mostly in the warmer weather, with the peak attendance coming during the school summer break, but, even in the worst extreme weather possible, there always seems to be people coming and going in Port Stanley.

I always like to show a simple example, to give a better understanding of what I'm trying to say, that way anybody will get the message. Tourists are like friends, and if you have friends over to visit, you try to make their visit as pleasant, interesting, and entertaining under the circumstances possible. You do all this to get your friends to come back, simple rules to follow, but get off course and the results may be disappointing.

At the recent Port Stanley BIA General Membership Planning Meeting, the membership was told of the funds lost at this years Harbourfest, and that the BIA will not pursue this event for 2017 alone, but would take a secondary position of support, if someone else were to take on the Harbourfest event for 2017. A factor in the Harbourfest event, that was not talked about at the meeting, was the fact that access to the Tall Ship, and parking was difficult, and that the launch area was right in the middle of a ongoing construction site.

Keeping those Tourists happy is a never-ending competition, that goes on day after day, week after week, month after month, season after season, and year after year. Sometimes it doesn't take much to disappoint those first time, or frequent visitors to Port Stanley, and every time that happens, we all lose. This year, 2016 saw construction in many parts of Port Stanley, and sure, during the warmer weather, efforts were made to minimize the issues on weekends, but still, it wasn't exactly putting on our best Sunday Suit.

Now that the colder weather is here, you just can't help but notice the neglect of the one and only Port Stanley Turn-Around, and the parking lot by Lakeview Pizza where sand builds up, and Tourists have to test their luck by touring the areas. But the topping on the pizza is right at the intersection of William Street and Edith Cavell Blvd. where the Christmas Holiday break has caused an absence of construction activity, and has also caused at the same time, a lack of road maintenance, which has caused some very interesting, newly formed speed bumps, and holes to appear. With New Years Eve so close, I just hope that someone will be able to wear their Sunday best in that part of town.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:33:13 AM EST

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