The spring season for the Municipality of Central Elgin usually begins near the
end of March when the weather begins to stay warm enough for all the snow to disappear.
In Port Stanley, work usually begins around the beach when the snow fences one day
disappears, taken away and put into storage for another winter season. Next comes
a thorough cleaning and levelling of all the sand that seems to get into all the
wrong places during those cold winter breezes.
The amount of spring run-off debris coming down Kettle Creek that seems to accumulate
in the Port Stanley Harbour might take a little longer to clean up as there seems
to be several large trees. As the Municipality of Central Elgin does not have a
vessel large enough to remove the large trees from the harbour, it's unclear as
to how those navigation hazards will be removed.
If you were one of the lucky people to take a walk on the beach to see what emerged
over winter, it would not have taken long before you realized that leaving the beach
"Au Naturel" was a wasted tourist opportunity. With tourism as Port Stanley's main
economic engine, putting all this effort into creating a pristine environment for
tourists makes for good economic sense for the hometown businesses.
Last year on April 1st the Port Stanley breakwater opened for the 2018 season and
hopefully this year it will happen again during that weekend. Having everything
nice, clean and open will surely get those tourist's back in town. All we have to
do now is figure out how to keep the weather warm and sunny.