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Point Edward eyes its own ‘First Friday’

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POINT EDWARD – Local restaurateur Okan Zeytinglu wants to develop a major cultural and entertainment event once a month in the village’s commercial area, much like First Fridays in downtown Sarnia.

“We could have Third Saturday, or something like that, to draw a ton of people down here and help all the local businesses,” he says.

To kick things off, Zeytinglu has applied for an outdoor liquor licence on July 1 to hold a Canada Day party in the parking lot of his Watermark Village Bistro on Michigan Avenue.

At a special meeting, village council agreed to support the application, provided the live music stops at 8 p.m.

Zeytinglu said that wouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s a barbecue and we’ll have a live local band and something for the children like face painting,” he said. “It will be very tame.”

“I hope so,” replied Mayor Larry MacKenzie.  “I don’t want calls about people walking around full of liquor down there.”

The first outdoor event will determine if council supports future licensed events, he added.

“It’s Canada Day. There should a party atmosphere and people should have a good time,” commented Coun. Bev Hand.

“Yes, invite your neighbours. Get them on your side and you’ll be off to the races,” advised Coun. Janice Robson.


Point Edward council has extended the lease for the fish hatchery in Waterfront Park to May 2019.

The Bluewater Anglers, who have operated the hatchery in the village-owned building for at least 12 years, formally asked for the extension this month and received it unanimously.

The anglers don’t pay the village for the lease but cover the cost of utilities and maintenance.

 – Cathy Dobson


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