Quite a lot has been happening in Port Stanley over the last couple of years and the future holds great promise for this exceptional harbour village on the north shore of Lake Erie. Some notable news items…
The 5th Annual Community Wide Sidewalk and Yard Sale
Once again the Port Stanley BIA is promoting a community wide yard and sidewalk sale. This years event will take place on Saturday May 17th. We are inviting homeowners who would like to host a yard sale to email us time and address to email@example.com and we will publish the information on our website to help promote the day.
We will also let everyone know what special promotions will be available from the business community that day. It’s our hope that bargain hunters will come early for the yard sales and stay to enjoy the fabulous merchant specials that our businesses will host.
If you need to clear out some bargains, please choose May 17 for your yard sale day!
Well CANFEST is well under way for 2014! Canfest is a community event where we promote everything that’s happening in the village on the Canada day Weekend! Don’t miss the fireworks on July 1st! Looking forward to a great festival in 2014! www.portstanleycanfest.ca
Harbourfest will take place in Port Stanley, Ontario on Labour Day Weekend in 2014.
While you are here, enjoy the many businesses Port Stanley has to offer and treat yourself to a coffee at Coffee House, where the coffee is great and the smiles are free.
Harbourfest has something for everyone. Full details will be updated at www.portstanleyharbourfest.ca , can’t wait to see you there!
PORT OF CLEVELAND OFFICIALS VISIT CENTRAL ELGIN TO CONTINUE CROSS-LAKE FERRY TALKS
Next step is to gauge interest from potential providers
“Officials from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met in Port Stanley last week with officials from the Municipality of Central Elgin and both sides agreed to begin gauging interest from ferry providers for a cross-lake ferry service. Port and Central Elgin officials will jointly issue a request for expression of interest in early July to ferry providers. That request will explain what both sides envision for a Cleveland-Port Stanley ferry service and require potential providers to answer a series of questions to determine their interest in the project and to collect suggestions for vessel types, project infrastructure, and the development process.” For the complete news release CLICK HERE.
A handsome new sign welcoming guests, visitors and residents to Port Stanley has been installed at the intersection of Colborne, Main and Bridge streets on the cairn. The sign (click on the photos below to enlarge them) identifies the new website where people can go to find all that Port Stanley has to offer.
RICHARDSON SELLS PORT STANLEY FACILITY TO MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN (from a Central Elgin News Release – June 28, 2011)
“Richardson International announced today that it has sold its Port Stanley facility to the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin. The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin has acquired Port Stanley harbour from the federal government and is looking to redevelop the area for non-industrial uses. Today is another important step in achieving a new vision for the Port Stanley waterfront,” says Mayor Bill Walters. “The purchase of the Richardson property, combined with last year’s acquisition of Port Stanley Harbour, provides the Municipality with another important component in achieving the economic development opportunities and promise that a redeveloped waterfront offers Central Elgin and the surrounding region.” For the complete CE news release article CLICK HERE.
BLUE FLAG FOR PORT STANLEY MAIN BEACH
(news release June 7, 2011 – Municipality of Central Elgin – CE News)
“Port Stanley Main Beach in Central Elgin was again awarded Blue Flag status for 2011. Central Elgin earned this international beach quality standard for the first time in 2010. Port Stanley Main Beach remains the only Canadian beach on Lake Erie to achieve Blue Flag status.
The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict international criteria, including water quality, safety and environmental practices. The Blue Flag was awarded to Central Elgin by Environmental Defence, the organization that administers the international Blue Flag program in Canada.” Click HERE to view the Blue Flag profile of Port Stanley’s Main Beach in Central Elgin.
Perhaps the biggest development has been the recent divestiture of the Port Stanley harbour from Transport Canada to the Municipality of Central Elgin. Over the next several years, the Municipality and concerned citizens and citizen groups (e.g., the Port Stanley Village Association and Port Stanley Business Improvement Area) will be working hard to develop the harbour area while retaining the character and charm that so well defines Port Stanley.
HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Consideration is being given to developing and submitting a proposal to the Municipality of Central Elgin to conduct studies into designating part of Port Stanley a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The intent of the proposal is to develop some basic architectural guidelines in the area bounded by the BIA and the recently divested harbour area in order to ensure the village retains its essential charm. The process depends on support and approval from the community at large at several stages in order to succeed. For more information about HCD and Port Stanley, please visit the Heritage Port site at: http://www.portstanleyheritage.com/index.htm
HCD Update (June 22, 2011) – as reported in ‘CE News’, at the June meetings of the Municipality of Central Elgin. At the June 20th Council meeting, a presentation was made by representatives of Heritage Central Elgin, the Port Stanley Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the Port Stanley Village Association (PSVA) supporting the creation of a heritage conservation district in Port Stanley. Council directed that a staff report be prepared to estimate the cost of establishing a heritage conservation district as well as a proposed terms of reference which will address both heritage preservation and urban design standards.
FERRY COMING TO PORT STANLEY?
There have been recent talks between representatives of the Port of Cleveland and the Municipality of Central Elgin about establishing a ferry service between Cleveland and Port Stanley. It’s intended that the service, if it comes to pass, would be geared towards tourism by carrying people, bikes, motorcycles, cars and perhaps a couple of tourist buses back and forth across Lake Erie. The City of Cleveland is home to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (housed in a beautiful, 90 million dollar building), the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball and Cleveland Browns National Football League teams, and boasts the second most active theatre and live arts scene in North America. In return, Port Stanley offers a beautiful beach, boutique shopping and excellent restaurants and can act as a gateway to and from all of southern Ontario for the many Canadians and Americans living around the shores of Lake Erie and beyond. It’s estimated that the ferry crossing and customs clearance would take about the same time as it would to drive from Cleveland to Port; however, the adventure and romance of a cross-lake ferry ride would, without a doubt, be worth the trip itself.
Ferry Update (May 30, 2011) – as reported in ‘CE News’, at the May meeting of the Central Elgin Council, the PORT STANLEY – CLEVELAND CROSS-LAKE FERRY Ferry document was approved. CE News stated that; “A memorandum of understanding with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority was approved by Council. The document expresses the Municipality’s willingness to work exclusively with the Port Authority to explore the feasibility of a cross lake ferry. Central Elgin will also participate in a Request for Proposal for ferry service providers to be issued by the Port Authority in the summer.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about what’s happening in our ‘local’ scene, please refer to the following sources:
For upcoming events, visit the Port Stanley Events Calendar at: http://www.portstanley.net/upcoming-events
Visit the Port Stanley Village Association (PSVA) website at: http://www.psva.ca/PSVA.ca/Welcome.html
For local on-line news visit Portstanleynews.com the world’s first proportional viewing news web site at: http://www.portstanleynews.com/
The Lake Erie Beacon – a bi-weekly newspaper with a circulation of about 7000, located in Port Stanley (519.782.4563) reporting on news on the north shore of Lake Erie
The Municipality of Central Elgin website at: http://www.centralelgin.org/siteengine/activepage.asp
The County of Elgin at: http://www.elgincounty.ca/ElginCounty/default.php