Shoddy be­hav­iour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

RE­CENTLY I was priv­i­leged to be the cel­e­brant at the wed­ding of a beau­ti­ful young cou­ple from Vic­to­ria.

They and 75 fam­ily and friends had come to Port Dou­glas from Vic­to­ria for this very spe­cial oc­ca­sion, and on av­er­age were spend­ing a week here injecting thou­sands of dol­lars into the local econ­omy.

The wed­ding was held on Four Mile Beach at the Baler St end for which a per­mit had been granted.

Upon my ar­rival at the beach, I saw a long-time local I have known per­son­ally for the 26 years I’ve lived in Port Dou­glas.

At first I thought he must be in­volved in the wed­ding as he was run­ning an elec­tri­cal lead from a house on the beach front right out to the fore­shore.

I greeted him hap­pily and asked what he was do­ing and he said he was set­ting up for a beach party.

I said, Oh, I won­der if you could do me a huge favour and not set up your ta­ble, chairs sound sys­tem right in that spot as the cou­ple had cho­sen ex­actly that place to have the sign­ing ta­ble be­cause of the back­drop, and also it was a nice flat spot.

I ex­plained the wed­ding was at 5pm, and the cer­e­mony would not even take a half an hour.

His very rude re­sponse was that no, he was set­ting it up there and the party would also be start­ing at 5pm, in­clud­ing am­pli­fied mu­sic.

I then pleaded with him to be rea­son­able, es­pe­cially as there was a per­mit for the wed­ding to be held there.

The local con­cerned told me he couldn’t care less, and that we could just move, as he was a local and this was his spot on the beach.

By this time some of the guests had

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