Ribfest should add shut­tle ser­vice

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Syd­ney has just ex­pe­ri­enced its first Ro­tary Ribfest and from all ac­counts it was an amaz­ing suc­cess. Con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der to the Syd­ney Sunrise, Syd­ney, North Syd­ney and New Water­ford Ro­tary Clubs for their vi­sion and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills to host such a mam­moth event.

The pro­ceeds from the ribfest went to Hos­pice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton County and they were thrilled with the gen­eros­ity of all the pa­trons. Ev­ery­one was glad to sup­port such a wor­thy cause.

Ribfest had been ad­ver­tised for many weeks prior to tak­ing place last week­end and as I read more about it I was de­ter­mined to go. It sounded like a re­ally fun event in sup­port of a great char­ity and, be­sides, I love ribs.

The week­end fi­nally ar­rived and with an­tic­i­pa­tion I read a list of reg­u­la­tions to be ob­served. One was no park­ing per­mit­ted any­where on the ter­mi­nal. It took a while for that to re­ally register. I had hoped there would be some park­ing avail­able at the far end of the dock — the space used by tour guides when the cruise ships are in.

In hind­sight, I re­al­ized that this area would never have been ad­e­quate and that the ribfest was strictly a walk-to event.

Since I have dif­fi­culty walk­ing up­hill and the hill from the dock area to the es­planade is very steep I re­al­ized that I could not at­tend this event.

I have never felt so ex­cluded in my life. Couldn’t there have been a shut­tle bus to trans­port peo­ple like my­self from the es­planade to the dock area?

It could have been run­ning back and forth all day and not in­ter­fered with any­thing. I am sure there were many oth­ers like my­self who were very dis­ap­pointed that they were not able to at­tend.

I am pleased to hear that the ribfest will be back next year and I hope that there will be shut­tle ser­vice pro­vided. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing you on the dock. Beth Mathe­son Mar­ion Bridge

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