More not less!

167 Water B & BFor those who think aesthetics is just silliness – keep in mind the case of Rockport.      Let’s face it, there is nothing to do in Rockport and off tourist season it’s even bleaker.     But they do have a knock-your-socks-off rocky coastline and magnificent ocean views.      That explains the presence of 51 places of lodging – located in a town with just a tiny handful of activities and restaurants.      All those visitors doing what?     How long can you stare at an ocean horizon or gawk at Motif #1?

Now compare that with Newburyport – lots to do, a bushel full of great restaurants AND great aesthetics but a tiny handful of lodgings and no major hotel.       We should have lodging provisions coming out of our ears!      Overnight facilities means multi-day visitors and a more engaged money-spending customer base.

Thus, we should encourage more bed & breakfast facilities whenever we can.    With no lodging tax, we should become a mecca for overnight accommodations.

Alan and Lucinda Cathcart at 2 Vernon Court are attempting to be the first of many pilgrims on what should be a continuously growing number of applicants.

They will be appearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals on December 13th, 7:15 to receive a permit for operating a bed & breakfast.

The Chamber should be lending their support, the City aught to champion them.

We all have a vested interest – Our City needs more visitors and especially multi-day visitors!

-P. Preservationist
www.ppreservationist.com

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4 Responses to More not less!

  1. Ari Herzog says:

    “With no lodging tax, we should become a mecca for overnight accommodations.”

    Untrue. There is a 5.7% state occupancy tax and a 4% local occupancy tax.

  2. So Councilor – what was all that talk a while back in city council about adding a lodging tax – of which they turned down – redundancy? So where is this 4% local tax going to?

  3. Ari Herzog says:

    Your memory is hazy. You refer to a proposal filed by Councilor Cameron to increase the local occupancy tax. The majority voted to keep it the same — at 4 percent.

  4. So, this reinforces even better my argument! Let’s get more lodging in the city. It also complies with the principle, “tax levies that actually benefit the city.”

    Let’s pack ’em in.

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