ONLY last week I was saying how so many people in the town wanted something to happen. In just a week it seems some of their prayers have been answered, as the dam has burst with a flood of really good news for this region. Perennial frustrations over the Sheraton Mirage and the Marina look to be addressed at last with news this week of deals sealed or underway that will present a much brighter future for these icons and with them for the town and the district at large.
To a great extent these two businesses are Port Douglas - as they were in the day they were built - and how they travel largely represents the fortune of the local area. Upgrades and renovations are music to our ears after so many dashed hopes and false dawns in the past.
It seems just part of upswing in the economic cycle for our region, as noted in our story on the property market, and frequent reports lately about the strength of the tourism market.
One more thing to mention - Phil Holloway, a businessman in Port Douglas, and some other concerned people are pushing ahead with plans to hold community forums soon in Port Douglas and Mossman, at which the public can acquaint themselves with those would-be councillors who have declared themselves. The Gazette applauds and supports this worthwhile initiative. Stay tuned for details.