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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Letter to the editor: Jet boat buses spew exhaust, tarnish a summer evening

SUBMITTED BY SYLVIA ANGELKOTTER, NOTL.
OPINION

Dear editor:

I have to tell you of my experience on a recent Sunday at an open-air recording at St. Saviour’s Church in Queenston.

During that beautiful service I saw and heard five coaches pass by (this was from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on a Sunday evening).

What upset me most was the pollution from their exhaust that wafted our way as they struggled to get up the hill from the Whirlpool Jet Boats docking area.

The benefit of tourism is for what in this quaint historic village?

When coaches are not allowed in the Old Town area of Niagara-on-the-Lake, why should they be allowed to ruin our roads and destroy the lives of residents in the village of Queenston?

Surely they can find an alternative solution if they must continue running these Whirlpool Jet Boats from our side of the river. 

I was only there for a couple of hours to enjoy a wonderful Sunday Church Evensong. I cannot imagine how the residents have had to cope with living there.

They certainly have my sympathy now. All that carbon monoxide instead of fresh summer air: it is totally wrong to have allowed this business to move there.

Sylvia Angelkotter

NOTL