Regarding Herb's blog post of June 8, I feel some comments are in order. The "Chamber" by the admission of previous officers and in fact found in their by-laws, is a community activities group, not a business oriented group. To that end they have done a marvelous job with Bayview Daze and the fireworks. I might point out the "Chamber of commerce' name was chosen with the blessing of the national organization- So there would be "prestige" behind the name in dealing with whomever needed dealing with, not that it was business oriented.
I find it ironic and hypocritical that Chan is continually kicked in the teeth by the chamber, through it's agent, the DAC. The chamber for years has used Chan's property and road between JD's and the Bay Cafe with nary an offer of recompense for the use. The chamber then sells space to out of towners for $40, this being a big fund raiser for them. The chamber then uses some of that revenue to finance the DAC activities, some of which is used for kicking Chan in the teeth. Therefor the irony. The last DAC harassment was when Chan was cleaning up around the Bay Cafe and sculpting the terrain. Lo and behold the Lakes Highway District was called by the DAC because of some supposed infraction, and the chamber wonders why they might not be able to use Chan's property for Bayview Daze!
An additional irony is that the businesses are assessed $40 for membership-The citizens only $10- and have no representation by the chamber. This leads me to Kathi's comment regards to businesses not supporting the chamber. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that considering the aforementioned position of the chamber, paying $40 for membership is a bad business decision. Lastly, I agree with Herb that businesses should form their own group, perhaps called the BBA; Bayview Business Alliance. Key word "Alliance."
Parting Shot -- 5.22.13
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