CHEAP SEATS: Quinte West chooses family over tourism and that’s OK
For the second time in two years, Quinte West council has shown that when push comes to shove, they are more interested in quality of life for residents than becoming a tourism centre.
And that’s OK.
Last year, council balked at spending thousands of tax dollars for a major film festival that could have drawn thousands of people to the region. At the time council said it would rather spend much less to help local filmmakers and local festivals.
On Monday, council turned down a request from the Chamber of Commerce that would have allowed businesses to decide whether to remain open on holidays.
The move was aimed primarily at tourism businesses that might want to be open to drive even more tourist dollars. Prince Edward County, for instance, has such a bylaw in place.
But that’s not the way Quinte West rolls. Quinte West is about quality of life and family, and while it has its share of things for people to do it will not change who it is to cater to those who are just stopping by.
At least not yet.
And that, judging by the reaction of those who addressed council Monday night, is fine. Absolutely fine, indeed.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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