I am growing very tired of the ill informed opinion that is the fodder of this highly intellectual forum/debate (slight intended).
I own several properties (several of which are STAs) in the MNB (Municipality of the Northern Bruce) and quite frankly I am seriously considering divesting. Whether I stay or go, my portfolio will be fine, although I would like to continue investing in the MNB as I love it here and there is a huge need and profit to be made... for everyone.
To consider (I as a “Cityot”):
1. Pay a lot more property tax than most of the “locals” (see below for definition) - and thus, support my community financially much more than thay do... unless they are ‘passionate‘ enough to make donations
2. Employ ”locals” at a very high rate of pay to clean and manage my properties (more than they would make at Foodland, Home Hardware or a local store/restaurant)
3. Provide accommodation to more than 400 visitors who all bring their dollars to the local economy
Reluctantly, I am diving into this ridiculous conversation.
Whatever I choose, I will enjoy provoking thought, discussion, disagreement and even (dare I hope) broadening of what appears to be very closed minded thinking.
For those of you (I will call “locals”) that do not think of yourselves as “Cityots”, please wake up. Everything from your roads to garbage collection is in a large part to us “Cityots”... tourism is the main industry of the MNB. If you don’t like that... sorry, your world has changed.
My first reaction to all the angst that this issue has generated is to reply in kind (Reference Cityots, Tourasses, etc.) As gratifying as coining some new terms to describe locals would be (and printing up some bumper stickers), I recognize that this endeavour would be both futile and counter productive.
No one likes traffic, loud obnoxious neighbors/‘guests’, long lines at the local grocery store, waiting to turn left, nor losing our calm, quiet, peaceful MNB. Least of all me... with several STA’s nearby and a commercial property... near my personal cottage. However, there is very little local economy in this area outside of tourism. Farming perhaps would be a close second but I do not know much about how much that industry supports the local economy (I will be researching that).