Resident against possible future sale of Tourist Camps
by Sandy Lindsay
October 27, 2015
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Long-time summer resident at Southampton's Tourist Camp, Phil Sheriff, presented concerns to Town Council on Monday, October 26th regarding a possible future sale.
The concept of selling the Town Tourist Camps in Southampton and Port Elgin was raised at a recent 'Open Forum' town public meeting.
It was suggested at that time that the 'Camps' be sold for more permanent development.
Sheriff, who has been a summer resident for CTourist Camps had become inter-generational over the years and, in fact, generated considerable revenue for both the town and local merchants.
Last year's net profit for the town from the tourist camps was more than $500,000 and Sheriff laid out possible scenarios for trailer sites at the camps vs. permanent building development.
1. The number of building lots, and revenue potential with a conversion from recreational zoning to residential. Please note that the following values are estimated for consideration and for discussion purposes, a fully detailed study to establish firm values would be required to verify.
In addition, at the initial public open forum, it was said that the town provides "free utilities" for water, sewer and electricity. "In fact," said Sheriff, "utilities are included in the seasonal rental rate and is definitely not free. The town proposed three years ago to install [individual] electric meters but the idea was withdrawn when it was determined that the park(s) could not take on the role of utility distributor within the province.
Sheriff also raised the issue that the Tourist Camp in Southampton is also in a potential 'Flood Hazard' area that would make re-zoning from recreational use to a more permanent development difficult.
Instead of considering the sale of the Tourist Camps, Sheriff feels
that the Town should instead be looking at expanding on a more
tourist-friendly environment to include street vendors, buskers and
improved pedestrian accommodation and parking in addition to the
possibility of setting up more 'manufactured home' parks similar to
those in Florida."We [Tourist Camps]
completely support the merchants by buying groceries, taking
grandchildren to the Museum, visiting restaurants, etc. A lot
of money goes into the Marina in Port Elgin, why not for expanding
the Tourist Camp facilities."
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015