The Square

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Cov­ing­ton’s Square Park, which has earned world renown be­cause of the movie in­dus­try that is at­tracted to its unique­ness, has re­cently been spruced up by the city of Cov­ing­ton. This valu­able piece of earth has been one of the main rea­sons the city’s tax base has re­mained fairly con­sis­tent when other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have suf­fered loss of tax dol­lars.

Re­cently it was re­ported that more groups want to use our square than there are vi­able dates for their use.

Th­ese type of ac­tiv­i­ties are be­gin­ning to at­tract more vi­able busi­nesses to the down­town area, which is not only good for the city cof­fers but for lo­cal mer­chants and cit­i­zens alike.

The more vi­able busi­nesses that lo­cate down­town make it pos­si­ble not to have to drive out of the com­mu­nity to shop, eat and search for en­ter­tain­ment.

We re­al­ize that there is a group of folks who do not wish this to hap­pen, that hap­pens any­place that there is a po­ten­tial for pos­i­tive growth.

We also en­dorse the city’s re­cent decision to charge a fee to groups want­ing to use the Square. The city set up the struc­ture, de­pend­ing on what per­son­nel is re­quired, to re­coup some of the money that goes into bring­ing crowds to our his­toric Square.

This is a good way to keep peo­ple com­ing to down­town Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County, while still be­ing fi­nan­cially sound.

We support the city’s ef­forts to con­tinue to im­prove the square; it’s an in­vest­ment of money and time that is ben­e­fit for a majority of the cit­i­zens of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County

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