Naturally, we are all concerned about the welfare of our businesses during the bridge
rehabilitation when traffic will be routed along Warren Street.
Our sympathies seem to lie with the downtown businesses such as the Hardware Store
and the Pharmacy.
There is another side to this coin. The people on the east side of the village are
going to drive three extra kilometres to reach the LCBO store and three kilometres
back. Driving costs are reasonably reckoned at one dollar per km. Thus, a bottle
of cognac, wine or rum will now cost an east-sider an extra six dollars. For many
Port Stanley residents that amounts to a tariff of thirty dollars a week or $1800
over the duration of the bridge construction.
There has to be a better way and indeed there is.
The Port Stanley Fire Hall is slated for closing in the near future. The municipality
should replace it with a branch office of the LCBO. There is lots of room there
for a great variety of alcoholic pleasures. Add three dollars to the price of each
item. The customer will save three dollars and everybody wins. Many people will
now be able to walk or stagger to the east side In and Out store, saving even more.
A new brand of Fire Water could be distilled for the east side store. Wholesale
deliveries could be made by a pumper truck using a four inch hose to fill bath tubs
with gin. The possibilities are endless.
Every cloud has a silver lining, so keep your spirits up, on both sides of the creek.