[RE: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows not allowing drinking in parks, May 21, The News]
Reading the local paper, I found myself laughing out loud at the comment made by Mike Morden, “we would encourage people to support our local businesses – we’ve got a lot of patios now.”
Highlighted on the front cover, yet the following page talks about the ‘Iconic’ downtown restaurant shuttered, the closing of Bella Vita restaurant.
As more and more businesses close and restaurants close in Maple Ridge due to provincial restrictions and municipal regulations, as a long-time resident of Maple Ridge I am curious to know where all these patios are that our mayor speaks of?
Let’s be honest, there are very, very few establishments that have been built for patio seating or have extended patio areas or have the ability to jump through municipal red tape to be authorized to build patios that then have the ability for serving alcohol.
Maybe next time, some research could be applied to the “actual” state of our City before our mayor and stakeholders say there is no demand for the change locally.
I highly suspect I am not alone in my sentiment; one just needs to drive around and see all the boarded up places and lack of patio seating. It is a shame we cannot be more forward thinking and progressive as a City.
Rachel Stevens, Maple Ridge
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