To The Daily Sun,
It is my opinion that the City of Laconia would make a major mistake by leasing a portion of the Weirs dock space to private businesses. If anyone takes the time to review old postcards you will see that there was a line of benches encouraging the general public to relax on the docks and enjoy the proximity to the water. These benches have been gone for some time. Further confusing the issue of the general public being on the docks is the fact that the owners of the Mt. Washington have gated the top of the access ramp, suggesting that the ramp is not a public access. A narrow passage to the left of the ramp remains through which a single person can pass but certainly not a wheelchair. The only other access is the set of stairs halfway down the boardwalk towards the beach which is also not handicap accessible. The current access arrangements to the docks creates the impression that dock space at the Weirs is for paying tourist vessel passengers and boat owners. This is not fair to Laconia taxpayers or visiting tourists who are attempting to enjoy all of Laconia's resources and spend money at local businesses as well.
Please don't kick the fishermen, families and strollers out of part of the already limited public space at the Weirs. I consider it a betrayal of both residents and visitors to the area.
There are plenty of private waterfront commercial owners who I would guess would welcome additional revenue opportunities.
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