Mayor puts the ‘A’ back in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE sign wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to Air­lie Beach has been look­ing a lit­tle bare for the past two weeks af­ter the let­ter ‘A’ was stolen some time be­tween Au­gust 1 and 2.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said the theft was re­ported to Coun­cil of­fi­cers by a mem­ber of the pub­lic, but be­fore they had a chance to re­place the let­ter, the story hit the air.

Ra­dio ra­dio sta­tion SEA FM re­ceived a call about the sign and de­cided to have a bit of fun with it.

Cr Whit­ney sub­se­quently joined in the joke, go­ing on air her­self and adding fuel to the ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing about where the ‘A’ from Air­lie Beach had ac­tu­ally gone.

Cr Whit­ney said there were even ru­mours that for­mer mayor Mike Brunker was re­spon­si­ble for the prank.

“But I think one of our won­der­ful vis­i­tors has taken a piece of par­adise home with them,” she joked.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, Cr Whit­ney and Rick Norder from Trop­i­cal De­signs re­placed the let­ter, mean­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors will once again be prop­erly greeted on ap­proach to Air­lie Beach. Putting hu­mour aside, Cr Whit- ney ap­pealed to the pub­lic to now leave the sign alone.

“This is our en­trance state­ment to beau­ti­ful Air­lie Beach so please leave the let­ters there be­cause it’s a first and last­ing im­pres­sion,” she said.

BACK IN BUSI­NESS: Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney and Trop­i­cal De­signs co-owner Rick Norder re­plac­ing the 'A' in the Air­lie Beach wel­come sign on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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