New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell can do anything about the mess that has been designed of the Whaling Town Pageant if he chooses to. He has decided on not to. What a disgrace.
Following the city’s Park Commissioners accepted the festival’s application for July 8-11 at Buttonwood Park, the a few-member Board of Health, comprised fully of Dartmouth people, decreased the growth on the celebration. The BoH has overruled the Park Commissioners by placing a 6 p.m. curfew for the festival, citing concerns around COVID-19 as the motive.
That is hogwash. The pageant can operate properly from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but arrive 6 p.m., the COVID cooties appear out? Come on, male!
The New Bedford City Council has voted unanimously to talk to Mitchell to utilize some force to the BoH to allow at minimum an 8:30 p.m. curfew but to no avail. Mitchell informed WBSM’s Kate Robinson the BoH’s place is “not unreasonable.” Baloney. Mitchell stated the City Council must offer with the BoH if it desires to extend the closing time.
When once again, Mitchell whiffs at an option to stand with the people. He is receiving rather very good at that. Mitchell’s reluctance to get associated has extra to do with politics than COVID, and that is sad.
Mitchell and his wife get paid some quite really serious funds, and they do the job tricky for it. But that suggests they can afford to choose their loved ones absent to nice places after staying cooped up for extra than a calendar year with the pandemic. That is not accurate for several other people in New Bedford who appear forward to using their people to the festival.
Come on, Mayor Mitchell, stand with the persons on this. Ask the BoH to reverse its decision. I know to mingle with the widespread folk is not your cup of tea but the people want and need the Whaling City Festival this yr far more than at any time. Do the correct detail.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Demonstrate on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be read weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at [email protected] and abide by him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The viewpoints expressed in this commentary are entirely people of the author.
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