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No beer tent for Canada Day in Bridgewater

It will be a dry Canada Day at celebrations in Bridgewater next week.

Residents fear noise

It will be a dry Canada Day at celebrations in Bridgewater next week.

Town council rejected the Canada Day committee's request to move the beer garden to a new location across the street from a condominium development.

Since Dennis Woodworth volunteered two years ago to organize the South Shore town’s party, July 1st became "Canada Day Rocks The River."

The former concert promoter thinks big and he’s disappointed the town council gave the thumbs down to setting up a beer tent at Shipyards Landing, a city-owned park beside the LaHave River.

"The people who go to that type of Molson zone may conclude that they’re not going to that event. So, we lose some of our demographic from our community. Last, but not least, Molson is our biggest sponsor and that’s $5,000 in revenue gone," Woodworth said Wednesday.

He said he delivered letters to 100 people who live in the area nearest to the proposed location of the beer tent to get their feedback, including owners of condos across the street from Shipyards Landing.

But council voted against the tent because they received four complaints, Mayor Carroll Publicover said.

"What they (council) did a week ago Monday, was say, ‘Look, if you, the committee, can verify that the residents who live within a certain distance of it, are OK with it, we’ll be OK with it. And we received four complaints, and, mind you, the advisory to the residents only went out the Friday before," he said.

Woodworth said he won’t let four complaints spoil his Canada Day, and he's hoping crowds will still come out to hear the rock bands and to the build-your-own-boat event.

"The great Canadian LaHave river race, our bands that we hire play great Canadian music," he said, adding the music will generate more noise than a beer garden.

Woodworth has decided this year will be his last as organizer of Canada Day events for the town.