Thursday, May 29, 2014


I was pulled over by the nicest Niagara Police Officer I have ever encountered.

But, enough of that. I was on my way to see if the Molinaro sign was really down and if they left behind the frame for the sign. (They did.) I was also on my way to attend a "secret meeting" at Shirley Grace's. LOL Those plans were derailed by the fact that I had to take care of the results of procrastination and lack of funds. 

Today, I finally got to see the council meeting where the four rolled over the three to finally give their supporters and many others in town what we wanted all these years: no private development on the south side of the Bay Beach Properties. Whew. It took a lot of work by a lot of people to bring this about. It was an uphill battle to get the town to listen. Petitions, signs, OMB appeals, lawsuits and finally a hotly contested election was still not enough. It took the added insult of Conflict of Interest lawsuits hatched by Mayor Martin and Jim Thibert to push the four councillors over the edge. And they came back with a vengeance. Dispensing with the usual ruled of procedure, they voted and passed a motion:

THAT: No further consideration shall be given to a possible private residential development on the Bay Beach uplands located on the south side of Erie Road, and further

THAT: The Bay Beach uplands located on the south side of Erie Road shall no longer be marketed for sale. 

And certain people around town blew a gasket and the whinging began in earnest. Poor losers that they were, they continued the personal attacks on the councillors and anyone who supported them.  How very typical of them. They are truly the "Mean Girls" of Fort Erie.

Let's not dwell on the negative; too much of that has been done already.  Let's look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous tourist season for the town.

Wouldn't it be great if Crystal Beach got one of these? Record number of beaches win Blue Flag certification.

MORE GOOD NEWS: Nigh's Chocolate to open summer satellite in Crystal Beach! See Facebook announcement by Phil Smith.