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Qualicum Beach council offers support for patio dining downtown

Staff to come up with report on potential permanent program

Qualicum Beach council wants patios to stay in the downtown area.

Coun. Scott Harrison made a motion at council regular meeting on Nov. 17 to direct staff to come up with report on either a permanent program or for a two-year trial period.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Harrison. “There’s not a lot of patios in our downtown but the ones that have been put together add some vibrancy. They’re a good thing for the downtown.”

Mayor Brian Wiese and the rest of council agreed.

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“The motion is good and everyone is agreeing on it,” said Wiese. “I haven’t heard one complaint.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, patio dining has become a popular feature and they have popped up on streets, sidewalks, parking lots and other public spaces.

The Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville have seen local businesses open patios, all well-received by the community.

Michael.briones@pqbnews.com

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