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Sound Off, Jan. 8, 2013

Published 9:03pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sound Off highlights anonymous, brief takes on the news offered via telephone by Daily News readers.

Can someone explain to me what pleasure people get out of getting a dog and then leaving it tied in a small area to do nothing to bark for maybe food, attention or maybe exercise? I would really like to understand this.

My seat belt has fallen apart. Is there anyone in town that does such repairs? If I get stopped by a trooper, I’ll get a ticket. I can’t afford a new car. So who would I take it to to get it fixed?

So now we’re going to enhance tourism by attracting recreational boaters? Let’s be serious here. We need a downtown to attract to outsiders and tourists and even the locals. We have maybe enough restaurants to go to at the moment, but they go out of business as fast as they put up the sign that they’re open. But from what I understand, another business, as of Jan. 31, is closing its doors. So before you start deciding putting in all these restrooms and showers and a dock master’s station to attract boaters. What are they going to do when they get here? We need foot traffic. We need these people thinking of what they’re going to do for the downtown before you start worrying about more bathrooms for boaters and laundry facilities.

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  • Fred Watkins III

    This comment is a response to Sound Off. ”So now we are going to enhance tourism by attracting boaters?” Yes we are going to attract more visitors to the Washington downtown/waterfront by replacing the dock master shack and unattractive mobile home bathroom facilities with new Lighthouse Public Bathroom & Boaters facility. This facility will provide year round public bathroom facilities for visitors to our downtown. The Lighthouse will be where the flagpole is currently located. Visibility will be excellent from the US 17 bridge, Main Street and Gladden street. It will be a focal point for visitors to downtown Washington and the western end of our waterfront. The public waterfront access and our maritime heritage is the major asset that attracts visitors to Washington, otherwise, why stop here verses other towns along the US 264 and US 17 corridors? Please take time to attend the various public meetings to learn how you can help shape the future of our waterfront city.

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