“Rave” tourism comes on the backs of taxpayers

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Now that another "Rave" has come and gone in the hills of Bryson, Campbell’s Bay and the surrounding areas, the residents of these communities can have a good night sleep after a three-day weekend of continuous "boom-boom" music from 8pm until 10am every night.

Now that another "Rave" has come and gone in the hills of Bryson, Campbell’s Bay and the surrounding areas, the residents of these communities can have a good night sleep after a three-day weekend of continuous "boom-boom" music from 8pm until 10am every night.
I don’t know how our elected officials can allow such an event, which includes booze and drugs for those 16 years old and up. As adults, probably parents and             role models, should they not be setting examples?
Having extra police on duty, as well as the hospital, ambulances, and fire departments on standby is also an added expense on the tax payer. All these added expenses should be handed over to the venue          producer.
The "Rave" participants came into the park in Bryson and took it over. They used the Ottawa River as their bath tub and God only knows what else. They made it nearly impossible for boaters to load or unload their boats all weekend long; firefighters hosting the fishing derby should of charged admission as the added revenue would have helped the derby’s fund raising.
The few small businesses that do exist probably did see an increase in sales, but there is not enough businesses in the area to deal with such a large influx of partiers. How many regular patrons were turned away because there wasn’t even room to park?
If this park is to have such a venue there should be more parking provided, and not along the main roads. There are other tourist companies in the area that have    provided parking and have taken measures to control noise and lessen the impact on residents when they host events. They work hard to make their business work in the community and to lessen the tax burden on the tax payer. The cost of the permit for the “Rave” was probably a drop in the bucket, and how much of the profit will be spent in this area?
If our elected officials are so hungry for tourist dollars that they are sanctioning these types of venues, they should treat them like the Shawville Fair and Hotels in the area where they have a closing down hour when things must come to an end. Most residents in the community do have to work. They have stressful jobs, long         commutes, and they need rest and sleep. Do not forget elected officials, we need our jobs to pay our taxes!
Tourism should not come as an expense on the backs of the taxpayers.

Douglas Guest
ILE-DU-GRAND-CALUMET