2007-01-18 / Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

We All Benefit From Preserving View of the Bay

To the Editor:

City leaders in St. Ignace seem to have learned the value of an attractive and accessible lake shore. In addition to the creation of a more pleasant area for year-around residents, like myself, taking advantage of the natural beauty of the bay promotes tourism. The continued extension of the boardwalk and the expansion of the American Legion Park have both been positive moves toward making St. Ignace a more pleasant place to live and to visit.

People who come to St. Ignace for the first time and are impressed with the "view of the bay" are more likely to stop and spend some time (and money). They are also more likely to go home and tell their friends and family about the area, giving them a good reason to come across the bridge or pull off the highway. I do not own or operate a business in St. Ignace, but tourism is a major part of our local economy (creating jobs and paying taxes), and we all benefit from a good tourist season.

For those reasons, I have serious concerns about the construction of condominiums next to the American Legion Park. Such a project would clearly obstruct the view of the bay and do very little to stimulate tourism. If the project included stores on the ground floor, it will still block the view (which I oppose), but the stores would at least potentially give people a reason to "stop and shop." The condominiums (if they do sell) only involve a few people - they would not seem to stimulate business.

I compliment city leaders for their insight and energy with respect to the boardwalk and American Legion Park. Both are an asset to area residents and promote tourism - we all benefit. The condominiums would seem to benefit only a few people and would not encourage tourism.

John Miller

St. Ignace

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