An article in the County Weekly News entitled: Federal Funds for County Winery explains why a Vineyard in the County will receive $100,000 from the Federal Economic Development Agency.
The money will help develop rental accommodation at this private enterprise to allow visitors to “maximize their culinary and ecotourism experience.”
The owner is very appreciative of this opportunity and I think I could appreciate the culinary experience myself because it pertains to eating.
But the Ecotourism part I’m not sure.
Oxford defines this tourism to exotic or wilderness threatened natural environments. The wilderness in Prince Edward County is mostly gone, and I can see the natural environment is threatened at least during tourist season and there is erosion of not just roads, but of nerves for the local population.
The senior property owners who are finding it more and more difficult to meet their budget demands for Water/Waste water billings and now a further increase in Property Taxes of 4.6 per cent for 2020; these people are not having such a great time.
Why then should we be paying from our Federal Tax base $100,000 for a private enterprise expansion of a facility which is to allow visitors to “maximize their culinary and Ecotourism experience?”
The Tourism industry is doing quite well as I see it. As the owner states, if I may quote in part, “When this place is packed…..everyone is having a great time.”
If the Prime Minister and associate minister Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis want to give away more, I would suggest giving some to the more needy, but I know this wouldn’t appear so glamorous as giving to the entertainment of tourists.