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