(Ed's note: The following letter was sent to the Chamber of Commerce and is printed here at the writer's request.)
I am writing in regard to the article in the July 18 issue of the Port News promoting the Farmer's Market on the Town Dock. As a local business owner, taxpayer, advertiser in local papers and supporter of local charitable/educational and religious groups, I am outraged that you would encourage outside vendors to come to town to compete with local businesses. You are providing them with free space to operate their businesses and free advertising in local papers and yet they are not required to contribute to the community? Thanks for the insulting treatment!
The businesses in town contribute dearly to the community and should not be stabbed in the back by the TNH and the Chamber by bringing in street vendors. Religious and educational programs in our town rely on the sale of these similar products in order to raise funds for their programs. The promotion of outside vendors will hurt the nonprofit organizations as well. The original concept was to bring in organic vegetables, but I understand the product line has expanded to include plants, flowers, pumpkins, baked goods and coffee. Perhaps the chamber should have considered the financial health of the community they represent before endorsing this project.