Hurricane Sandy dealt an indirect blow to Kingsville, Leamington and Amherstburg.
The replica of the HMS Bounty was supposed to take part in a tall ship festival in the towns next summer. But it sank this week in the Atlantic as it tried to skirt around the massive storm.
One crew member is dead and the captain is still missing.
"With the loss of the Bounty, because of the storm, we feel the extra hit, obviously for the loss of the lives on the Bounty, but also for the opportunity to have the Bounty come to this region and be part of the maritime festival that we would be experiencing with the 1812 celebrations," Santos said.
Meanwhile, school will be back to normal in Kingsville on Wednesday.
Tuesday, the schools were open, but parents had the option of keeping their children home since the power was out until mid-morning.
Santos said it's a good thing the power wasn't off longer.
"It's a concern for our business community, slowing down the operations of their business," he said. "For schools, it raised a lot of questions in terms of [whether] the schools are actually open in Kingsville, where we did feel the brunt of the wind storm."
Ferry service to Pelee Island has also been disrupted since the winds picked up.
The mayor there hopes service can be restored Wednesday, in time for the last weekend of the fall pheasant hunt.
About half a dozen lake freighters anchored in Lake Erie, waiting out the storm near Kingsville and Leamington. They risked running aground if they tried to sail into the river.
The port authority said the slow down cost them money every day.
The Windsor-Essex Parkway project was also shut down because of the mud, and it will likely be at a standstill Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Cindy Prince.