Movie Theater, downtown stores

Movie Theater, downtown stores

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Ryan c

Hartford, MI

#1 Sep 5, 2012
I own a lodging facility in South Haven. It may be nearing fall, but the weather is still beautiful. Guests are still in town. I have been hearing nothing but complains this week that all the stores in South Haven are closed. Why i has the theater cut its hours already? Did everyone made so much money that they are done for the year? Open up people our guests are getting mad!!!! Tourism !!!
Timbo

Saint Joseph, MI

#2 Sep 7, 2012
As a non-business owner, I say "good riddance".

:)

I love Fall.
GUI

United States

#3 Sep 7, 2012
I agree. I hate how the theater cuts the hours in the fall!
in the dark

Muskegon, MI

#4 Sep 9, 2012
Ryan C
It has always been that way. History has proved to long term shop owners that although there may be many milling around downtown after Labor Day, there arn't enough in sales to warrent extended hours. This year was great for downtown and perhaps could have been the exception.
On the other hand....I say good job to the merchants assoc. and GOOD BYE to the tourists. It has been a rough summer to live here.
BTW, Has anyone figured out how to cope with the "short term rentals" that have crept into our quiet family friendly neighborhoods?
down the street

Plymouth, MI

#5 Sep 9, 2012
in the dark wrote:
Ryan C
It has always been that way. History has proved to long term shop owners that although there may be many milling around downtown after Labor Day, there arn't enough in sales to warrent extended hours. This year was great for downtown and perhaps could have been the exception.
On the other hand....I say good job to the merchants assoc. and GOOD BYE to the tourists. It has been a rough summer to live here.
BTW, Has anyone figured out how to cope with the "short term rentals" that have crept into our quiet family friendly neighborhoods?
Over 80% of my street is now non homestead. Recent resales are purchased for rentals. When will our past quiet streets become a business district? Theme event weekends, great for shopping, but are we really paying for an event planner with our taxes, or is it a rumor?
Sandy Shores

Muskegon, MI

#6 Sep 9, 2012
We do have an event planner last I heard. I'm sure the services provided are not free. Whether it is being paid for out of taxes or the local businesses I'm not really sure. I would tend to say local taxes but could be wrong. This information should be available along with compensation from the City??
down the street wrote:
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Over 80% of my street is now non homestead. Recent resales are purchased for rentals. When will our past quiet streets become a business district? Theme event weekends, great for shopping, but are we really paying for an event planner with our taxes, or is it a rumor?
in the dark

Muskegon, MI

#7 Sep 9, 2012
How about a planner to find solutions to fix the REAL issues that plauge our City.
City infastructure too stressed as it is in the summer! Only merchants and rentals benefit from events.
City Hall needs to be open 7 days a week in the summer. Water, sewer,electric,garbage,safety. .everything goes haywire when we have 10,000+ more people in town.
There are no living wage jobs.
Utility costs are way too high for the average family.
Short-term rentals (parties,noise,garbage,drugs) now in family neigborhoods.
No programs to help our troubled/high risk youth.
Yes, this is a City problem..It started over 40 years ago by the City ignoring problems and segregation between rich and poor.. It has festerd to the point that 100's of local children are being driven to other school districs or using homeschool programs due to riff-raff(to put it nice)In South Haven Public Schools...not because the High School needs to be replaced.
Issues that are chasing good full-time tax paying residents out is what our city should be fixing!
down the street

Plymouth, MI

#8 Sep 9, 2012
Sandy Shores wrote:
We do have an event planner last I heard. I'm sure the services provided are not free. Whether it is being paid for out of taxes or the local businesses I'm not really sure. I would tend to say local taxes but could be wrong. This information should be available along with compensation from the City??
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Curious what the catagory in accounts payable this expense is under, and to whom the check is made. Can't find this online in city public records. Maybe, ask Amanda?
glidergirl

South Haven, MI

#9 Sep 10, 2012
I am a homegrown local with a family and live in a neighborhood of mostly weekly rentals. I LOVE it. There are a lot of people in the summer, but they are so happy to talk to a local and find out more about the area. In the winter, it's so quiet. I get the whole neighborhood to myself.

Perhaps, it is because I embrace it instead of fight it. I don't own a business or a property rental, but I also remember the problems when we were a blue collar factory town.

As for keeping stores open, if people are around to buy, the owners will open shop. If not, they won't. If properties can bring in rental income, they will be rented, if not, they won't. It's not rocket science.
Moneytalks

Chicago, IL

#10 Oct 6, 2012
I don't know where you've been but the "good full time tax paying residents" are the residents paying DOUBLE taxes so I assumed you meant the residents that consistently paid taxes on time and in full. As for the store owner that had a rough summer and needs to close up shop now to rest I can guarantee over fifty per cent of the country would trade places with you at the drop of a hat. Put a "closed" sign on the expressway exits please so folks can move along and enjoy their fall getaways elsewhere.
The Jerk

United States

#11 Nov 16, 2012
Moneytalks wrote:
I don't know where you've been but the "good full time tax paying residents" are the residents paying DOUBLE taxes so I assumed you meant the residents that consistently paid taxes on time and in full. As for the store owner that had a rough summer and needs to close up shop now to rest I can guarantee over fifty per cent of the country would trade places with you at the drop of a hat. Put a "closed" sign on the expressway exits please so folks can move along and enjoy their fall getaways elsewhere.
Yeah - you tell 'em money. Town-Gown bs. Haves-have nots nuts nats
informer

South Haven, MI

#12 Dec 9, 2012
South Haven is a hillbilly ghetto. Haven't any of you white trash whiners noticed the flight of tourists and out of state home buyers? Nobody has the money anymore to pay your school taxes for you. Plenty of nicer places w/fair taxes and no meth heads everywhere you look.

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