OrcaFest seeks road closure

The OrcaFest committee has requested Beach Drive in Port McNeill be shut down from Friday to Sunday during OrcaFest.

The OrcaFest committee wants Beach Drive in Port McNeill shut down from the corner of Mugz Coffee House to the boat ramp from Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. “for the purposes of safety and flow of events,” wrote member Jill Laviolette.

The issue was discussed at the July 18 meeting of Port McNeill council.

“This area will be holding some blow up attractions, as well as a couple food vendors. Also, we are requesting the use of garbage cans, orange snow fence and barricades. Same as last OrcaFest if that is okay,” Laviolette wrote.

“A concern is businesses being closed due to closure of the road,” said Mayor Shirley Ackland. “We can suggest they have a conversation with them,” said Councillor Shelley Downey.

Councillor Aaron Frost added that if the businesses are okay with it, “then we should be okay with it.”