Intrigue of the past will be part of a local tourism strategy: EDO

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Economic Development OfficerTerri Murphy will be developing a tourism package around uncovering the history of present and former hamlets in what is now Southgate.

Council approved the idea in concept when Ms Murphy presented her last report. Banners and signage will be part of the package and community groups such as the Dundalk Historical Society will be involved. Another idea is to involve the local schools in creating the hamlet stories.

Grey County has done something similar, with an online GIS mapping of hamlets complemented by images and more details.

The idea would be that tourists would be guided to sites, and then could connect online to appreciate the story of the place, and see photos from the past. There may also be tie-ins to local food, spots, shops and businesses.

Other aspects of the EDO's report included co-operation with the county tourism department on a new regional map and also on re-launching the Butter Tarts and Buggies Trail in 2022.

Six new inquiries were received from industries and one from a service business. The sale of Daisy Mart to owners from St. Catharines was noted.

Flex ModulR is staring their business in 5 Keppel Street to construct pre-fabricated buildings for residential and commercial use.

During the second quarter of 2021, zoning was approved for eight businesses on farms in Southgate.

The EDO is preparing a GIS (electronic) map of rural on-farm businesses in rural Southgate. There have been about 160 re-zonings over the last 12 years – with most of these in the last seven years, the report said.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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