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STORE CLOSURE September 29, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 9:51 am

Please note that the store will be

CLOSED

Saturday & Sunday

October 1st & 2nd.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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HERITAGE September 3, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 9:34 am

Community support is rising as shown by signatures on the 2nd petition, to repeal Bylaw 3286-2013.  As the campaign progresses, these are options that are being considered:

 

a) A “Restore Our Property Rights” poster and banner campaign on Main Street, and echoed along Hwy 49, and other places.

b) National press coverage to carry our message out of the County and into the rest of Canada.

c) Follow up with ERA Architects to learn why the HCD Plan failed to provide negative legal consequences, and critical evaluation data.

d) Public fundraisers on Main Street to raise money for a defence fund to support the business community against Shire Hall in case of a prolonged process.

e) Public discussions on County radio and Countylive.ca, to present the failures of the HCD since inception, clarify important heritage misconceptions, ie: the heritage district will never become the streetscape that people envison, nor the economic driver that HCD promoters promise. Additionally: how heritage preservation really works, who really does it and pays for it, and how heritage fans have been getting a free ride for decades with zero gratitude or appreciation to the owners.

And remember, we believe in the restoration and preservation of heritage but do not agree with the government take over of that heritage.

 

 

SELECTIVE PERSECUTION June 28, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 11:23 am

My latest email to council…..it is becoming more and more frustrating.  The more I know the less I’m liking how our community is governed.

 

Good Morning,

I felt compelled to write again to voice my concern over the governing of this community and its apparent selective persecution.

The Mariner’s Museum, a designated heritage building, was painted without permission or permits yet this issue was dismissed as outlined below (an excerpt from the PEHAC Minutes).  I have to question why.

January 21, 2016 PEHAC Minutes

 

9.3 Mariner’s Museum

PEHAC does not wish to pursue or to make any recommendation for remedial action related to the unauthorized painting of the exterior walls of the museum.

 As I have said previously, I am very much in favour of restoring and preserving heritage buildings.  But, not in the way that the Royal Hotel is said to be being restored.  It behooves me how 3 exterior walls is preserving of an entire hotel!  This act alone makes a mockery of the HCD plan and is an insult to my intelligence.

It  appears that council gets to deal themselves a ‘Get out of Jail  Free’ card at their own will and discretion.  A governments’ role is to serve its people, not itself,  and not the other way around.

Until all businesses/entities are treated equally, you have no grounds to center out  BEACH BUM (especially given your own non-compliances).

Usurping the rights of property owners on Main Street is not warranted given the small number of actual historical buildings versus modern, big business franchises.

I am a heritage supporter but will not be a heritage victim or scapegoat.

 

 

SIGN June 9, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 9:25 am

In case you haven’t heard, there is much to do about our new sign.  The short of it is that is was disapproved by Planning after the fact.  Looks like my recent letter to the editor in rebuttal to a letter last week was a bit too  much for the Gazette.  Here’s what I sent in…..

Store new

 

OF COURSE HERITAGE MATTERS….           

 

But not when in infringes upon ones’ personal right to Freedom of Expression. 

 As Mr. Roberts pointed out in his recent letter, the permit process is fairly simple.  Yes, many local businesses have applied and received approval.  Several businesses have also erected new signs without any type of permit – heritage or otherwise.  I know this firsthand from ‘the horse’s mouth’ but far be it from me to mention any names.  However, one of those businesses happened to be the LCBO who did not have a permit for their signage at their temporary location at the old Mac’s Milk location.   A commercial building was being purchased, inventory was trying to be cleared out, a very big move was on the horizon and the sign permit  was forgotten.  No malicious intent to defy any bylaws.  The permit was promptly filled out, returned and PAID for within 24 hours of receiving it from the Chief Building Officer.   It was denied.  I appealed as I have the right to do so.  And,  I would have done the same had the process been followed.  As well intentioned as the HCD plan is, I welcome anyone to show me where it states that I HAVE TO do anything…..it suggests what a sign should look like, what it should be made of, what colours ‘they’ prefer it to be in, what  materials are discouraged, etc.  It is suggestive and subjective.  And subjective information (based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view) is ill suited for decision making as it is not fact based and measurable.   I think you get my point.  Nowhere does it state that a sign MUST be done in any certain way except that it SHALL comply with existing sign by laws.  Which brings me to my next point…..the sign is 2.4% larger than  what is allotted for our building façade size.  Now, 2.4% is tiny.  Mr. Roberts, how many times have you gone 100km’s on Hwy. 62??  How many times have you possibly put out cardboard for recycling that wasn’t tied in the proper sized bundle??  There will always be exceptions to rules and laws will always be broken.  That is a fact of life.  Nowhere in any sign permits pulled for my viewing through a Freedom of Information Act request did I see a request for a sign size exemption. It’s not a common thing nor would it become one if I was granted one.  This seems to be a case of selective persecution which angers me.  I am a small  business owner….not Home Hardware, not LCBO, not the owner of the docks  thus not a big tax payer nor a big employer of the county.  Nor do I have the ability to vote in favour of my own wrong doings such as council does (proper  Heritage permits for the major construction being done on Main Street).  When council doesn’t follow the rules, when the county doesn’t follow its own bylaws (3286-2013) and when the bylaw system is complaint based and backwards, there is cause for concern.

 If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it still make a sound??  If a sign is erected and no one complains about it, is a permit still required??

 

 

 

STORE CLOSURE February 4, 2016

Filed under: Closures,Sales,Store News — beachbuminthecounty @ 1:50 pm

We’re giving you a ‘heads up’ on our upcoming store closure

(yes, another one !).  This location will be

CLOSED

February 21 to February 29 inclusive

vacay

But, you can visit our Pop Up Store on N. Front St. in Belleville across from McDonald’s while we’re gone.  It’s opening February 16th and will remain open until the end of March….all items 1/2 off or more.  All sales final.  Cash only.  Take a friend or 10 !

 

BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE HOME ! December 15, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 1:09 pm

And the old awning (cut to size and pressure washed) goes up at 165….they could have picked a warmer, not as windy day!

 

 

TA DA ! December 10, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbuminthecounty @ 1:41 pm

Well, it’s really happening….the new sign went up this morning.

I guess we’re moving.