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.