Expect backlash

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

I was out of town for a couple of days, and have not yet caught up on all the news. Perhaps I've missed something. Last I heard, there were "processes" (a debatable subject in itself) underway to consider restricting public access to the cruise ship dock (or is it our waterfront?) in the interest of "public safety."

Now our port director wants to enhance existing facilities to better service the cruise ship industry. I have not seen or heard of any direct reference to enhancing access to waterfront facilities for the general public. I have nothing against the cruise ship industry, or tourism, in general.

If, however, tourists and the tourism industry are provided with facilities paid for with public funds, and the general public is restricted from any portion of said enhancement, (excluding gangways attached to, and an integral part of ships), then I believe the cruise lines and the port director should expect severe backlash from the community.

John Weedman


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