Offended doesn’t begin to describe how I am feeling by the way Saugeen Shores is treating their seasonal residents. My family has lived in Port Elgin since the 1880’s, I have spent my whole life summering in Port Elgin and now, not only do I feel unwelcome at the two properties that I own in Port Elgin, the sentiment expressed by the municipal government and residents alike is that the seasonal residents are somehow a pestilence upon the town.
May I remind you, that our property tax dollars pay for you to enjoy our town 12 months a year, in exchange for which we only ask for a few months of a limited amount of your services; our children don’t attend your schools, nor do we benefit from the removal of snow from your streets. Additionally, we contribute significantly to the town economy by supporting local shops and restaurants.
Personally, I am happy to contribute to a town that I love, but please don’t insult me while I do it. While I understand the sentiment of you not wanting to share your resources, those are my resources as well. I help to pay for them.
The “non-resident’s” who help to fund our town have their own struggles right now as well. Some have a front-line worker in their family that they would love to be able to separate their children from, some have short term rental arrangements to accommodate only the winter months.
I understand the risk I take on as a second home owner in Saugeen Shores, my secondary residence will sit empty while bills mount, but at the very least, you should be offering a per diem reimbursement to the municipal park campers as you are not incurring any costs for their hydro or water use while you remain closed.
I respectfully request that this be submitted to council for consideration.
April 21, 2020
Please find attached the Saugeen Shores Tourist Camp FAQ (frequently asked questions) information sheet regarding the upcoming camping season.
The Municipality reminds our camping family that until Municipal Tourist Camps are officially open, no one will be permitted in the camps. We know the pride you take in your sites, and you are anxious to prepare your campground for the upcoming season. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the message from both our federal and provincial governments continues to be “Stay At Home”.
We encourage you to visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 for the latest information on our parks, facilities and municipal services.
Both Southampton and Port Elgin Municipal Tourist Camps are inspected daily by staff. We have also requested the Police Services provide regular monitoring as they are able to. Rest assured, we will contact you if there are any issues with your trailer.
We are looking forward to your return this summer, and we thank you for your patience as we work through these unprecedented times.