Editorial: Looking ahead to 2014 in Shelburne County

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Like Bob Dylan predicted, ‘the times they are a changin’. 

For Shelburne County this is no exception as much appears to be left to be written on the area’s future.

Everyone across the province is celebrating the reintroduction of a Nova Scotia to U.S. ferry this spring, bringing with it travelers from south of the border along with a pocketful of dollars to infuse into our restaurants, B&B’s and shops.

Many South Shore mom and pop tourist locales have been deeply hurt by the loss of the ferry and locally efforts are in full swing to attract the many ferry tourists to visit Shelburne County.

On the housing front, there are new senior’s apartments in Sandy Point expected to open in the New Year.  Interested seniors from all over the province have been eying the high-end units and it is hoped two more units totaling 160 apartments will eventually be built and filled.

Those dollars too will help to boost the economy not to mention the property tax dollars from the multi-million dollar complex adding to municipal coffers in the area.

In business, this year should also see movement from Cooke Aquaculture as they prepare to build a fish processing facility, adding to the local economy and much needed jobs to the area.

Many will be excited to finally, after many hurdles, see the extensive renovations of the Shelburne Medical Clinic.  We think the recent major investment made by the community should make it an easy sell for the province.

In order for a community to grow, it needs proper health care and family physicians for the majority of its citizens.  A collaborative medical clinic should help those efforts.

While talks of future amalgamation are ongoing we don’t see a decision to amalgamate being made in 2014. An important study should guide the way, but we expect municipal and town officials to tread carefully on this subject.

We see eastern Shelburne County is continuing to work together in projects as municipal lines increasingly become blurred in services and tourism strategies. Amalgamation may come …but it will be a slow process.

It should also be interesting to see how the new provincial Liberal government will invest in the area.  With many potential opportunities, Shelburne County could be viewed as a growing and hopefully sustainable community.

Behind the scenes of most efforts in 2013 was a dedicated group of hard working community members with a vision of how their hometown should be. 

We will continue to need those people as we move forward in 2014 and grab onto the ‘changin’ times so Shelburne County can grow and prosper for years to come.

Here’s wishing everyone a good 2014.

 

Organizations: Shelburne Medical Clinic

Geographic location: Shelburne County, Sheburne, Nova Scotia U.S. South Shore Sandy Point

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