Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - With Labour Day come and gone, all the hustle and
bustle that we got used to during the summer months here in Port Stanley has come
to an end, or has it? Some say, it's like turning off the light's, but do it quick,
so the door doesn't hit you as you leave, but, I like to think of this Labour Day
deadline as just another summer day, but I could be wrong.
The weekly water testing done at Port Stanley Beaches by the Elgin St. Thomas Public
Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination is over for this
year. The Municipality of Central Elgin lifeguard service at Main Beach ended after
this Labour Day weekend. That means that the Beach Patrol which provides first aid,
first response support, and aquatic supervision to the surrounding waters off Main
Beach is no longer available for the remainder of this year.
Paid Parking in all Central Elgin Parking lots in Port Stanley for the busy tourist
season has now ended, even the Boat Launch Parking is now Free. But with the ongoing
construction for Hofhuis Park, use of the Boat Launch area is not guaranteed. Even
some restaurants have put up signs announcing closing dates, or different hours
that come into effect now that Labour Day has come and gone.
This so called tourist season seems to start a full month before summer starts,
and ends sixteen days before summer ends, it just doesn't make any sense. The weather
is still very much the same, in fact a "HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT" was issued by the
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health unit today. And I know that the ending part of this
seasonal deadline, can be linked somehow to kids going back to school but, what
about the starting date, way before the kids get out of school. By my calculations,
if we like to start the so called Tourist Season approximately a month before summer
starts, the same should be true for the end. "Oh, Wait, Who Turned Off The Lights,
Somebody, Please, Turn Those Lights Back On!"