A good mix

Lee, Rice in favour of Char­lot­te­town hav­ing a work­ing port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY DAVE STE­WART dave.ste­wart@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

Char­lot­te­town Mayor Clif­ford Lee says he has no prob­lem with mix­ing in­dus­trial and tourism on the wa­ter­front.

One busi­ness com­plained about late night gravel work on the wa­ter­front on Satur­day.

“It doesn’t con­flict with my vi­sion,’’ Lee said about the mix­ture.

“The re­al­ity is the work­ing port is a key part of that oper­a­tion down there.’’

He says the fees the ag­gre­gate barges pay to Port Char­lot­te­town bring much-needed rev­enue that has helped the port make im­prove­ments and en­tice cruise ships.

“And the jobs it has cre­ated (across the down­town) — I’m not pre­pared as mayor to say good­bye to those jobs.’’

Lee said a work­ing port should be in the cen­tre of the prov­ince so it can serve all of P.E.I.

Coun. Ed­die Rice, who rep­re­sents the area on coun­cil, said while he has con­cerns with the hours that trucks work on the wa­ter­front, he would never be in favour of los­ing it as a work­ing wa­ter­front.

“It pro­vides a lot of busi­ness and a lot of in­dus­try in Char­lot­te­town that wouldn’t nor­mally be there,’’ Rice said.

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