May 9th, 2016

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton As­so­ci­a­tion (DCBA) CEO Mary Tulle pre­sented an over­view of the As­so­ci­a­tion's out­look for this tourist sea­son. As a pro­moter of Cape Bre­ton tourism, DCBA is in­ter­ested in bet­ter align­ing their mar­ket­ing with Tourism Nova Sco­tia.

Tulle ex­pects a stronger than av­er­age year and says all in­di­ca­tors point to­wards bet­ter­ing last year's strong tourist sea­son.

She said the 'Trump Bump' from the cape­bre­toniftrump­ is real and mea­sur­able, es­pe­cially in in­creased web vis­its and in­quiries from Cal­i­for­nia.

Kathy La­may, Pres­i­dent of BABTA, was present for the pre­sen­ta­tion and stressed to Tulle the need to main­tain and fund our Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres (VIC). She in­di­cated that the Bad­deck VIC will open mid­june but this will be the last year of op­er­a­tion if sus­tain­able fund­ing is not se­cured. She added that the Bad­deck VIC might change its name to the 'Cabot Trail VIC.'

Chris van den Heu­vel, Pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (NSFA) pre­sented an over­view of agri­cul­tural land pol­icy that is cur­rently gov­ern­ing the County.

Van den Heu­val pointed out that agri­cul­ture is the only rev­enue gen­er­at­ing port­fo­lio in the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment yet it re­ceives only 1% of the Pro­vin­cial bud­get.

The As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent says there is tremen­dous po­ten­tial for the County to re­turn to its hay day of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion if the right poli­cies are put in place. Amongst sev­eral pro­posed strate­gies was the con­cept of 'land bank­ing' in which fer­tile land is reg­u­lated and funded in such ways as to make the growth of farm­ing eas­ier for lo­cal farm­ers and would-be farm­ers

The 2016-2017 op­er­at­ing bud­get was un­ami­mously passed by Coun­cil. The con­sists of $12.142 mil­lion in rev­enue and $12.137 mil­lion in spend­ing for a mod­est $5,000 sur­plus. Both the com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial tax rate will re­main un­changed from last year.

Coun­cil also passed a mo­tion to do­nate $5,000 to the Red Cross Fort Mac­mur­ray re­lief fund.

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