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 Qualifications for Mayor
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 Time for a Beard Trim
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 Kindness at The Buccaneer
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 Little Beach Clean Up
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I would like to comment on your paid parking issue. I was a former Port Stanley resident about thirty years ago and moved to the Bruce Peninsula (Sauble Beach area). I have heard it all, from the bitching when paid parking was introduced to the local taxpayers who are now anticipating a tax increase to make up for the town's lost revenue from eliminating the paid parking.

Beachgoers will demand the same services that were provided before (washroom and beach cleanliness and policing). One consideration was the ticket machines had to be upgraded to receive the new currency bills. The businesses and Chamber were pressuring council to reduce or illiminate parking fees because it was hurting their business. Truth is why business is declining - there's nothing to do at Sauble anymore. They role up the streets at 9:00 p.m., even when people are still around, unless you like frying on the beach (which doesn't make anybody a lot of money).

This year they can blame the weather.

My opinion is that anyone who brings their lunch and watertoys with them from afar and leaves their garbage behind, uses washroom facilities and expect coverage by local policing and emergency services, should at least pay a measly $15.00 for the whole day (per car load).

The only thing I thought was unfair is that the local town taxpayers should have had a free pass. It seemed like a double taxation to me.

I think the Chamber should be billed for the cost of the beach maintenance from now on; after all, their members are the ones making money off it - not me.

Sorry, gotta go put money in the meter,

Doug Jones


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