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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Petitioners Fail To Save Sunday Summer Flea Market In Goderich

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

While petitioners are told the market will not be run by Downtown BIA, Deputy Mayor hopes new group will take over.

A packed gallery at Goderich Town Council Monday didn't get the answer they had hoped to hear.

They were there as Goderich resident Terry Saxby presented a petition bearing 432 signatures, in the hope that the Sunday flea market in Courthouse Square might continue.

The Downtown BIA recently opted out of running the summertime attraction, citing liability insurance and other escalating costs.

Deputy Mayor Myles Murdock says right now there is no flea market, but hopes the BIA might review its position.

He adds that if the BIA holds to its decision, perhaps one or more local service clubs could run the flea market to benefit a charitable organization.

Murdock says it's not the town's job to operate the attraction.

He hopes local service clubs or charities might submit an expression of interest to take over the flea market.

Saxby is a vendor who has taken space at the flea market for many years, and says time is growing short to make a decision on whether to include Goderich in his plans this year.

Like many people who signed the petition, Saxby notes that the flea market draws many tourists between May and October every year.

He says he has sold his goods to people visiting Goderich from as far away as Europe, Asia and Africa.

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