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Rossport weathers Covid storm

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Rossport’s landmark Serendipity Gardens restaurant, which has been closed for much of the pandemic, could reopen next spring.

Owner Mary Burnett said she didn’t want to reopen when COVID-19 numbers remained an issue in the region because some of her staffers have elderly relatives.

“We didn’t want to take a chance (of spreading the virus),” Burnett said from the business overlooking Rossport’s Lake Superior harbour.

Burnett has run the popular eatery for more than 30 years. She said the operation’s guest house remains open for travellers.

Meanwhile, the non-profit Rossport Dock Committee has launched a three-year plan that could lead to an overhaul of the village’s wharf and an expanded parking area, the committee said Nov. 19 in a news release.

“This document will guide the (committee) in advancing services and site development at the Rossport Marina, while balancing the needs of the community with those of visitors,” committee vice-chair and Rossport business operator David Tamblyn said in the release.

“With sustainability as an over-arching goal, it’s a fluid plan that can be adjusted as circumstances change, or as additional opportunities present themselves,” Tamblyn added.

Potential costs of the project have yet to be determined.

Earlier this year, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced $2.8 million for the rehabilitation of the Silver Islet Harbour wharf and breakwater near Thunder Bay.

Suzanne Kukko, tourism co-ordinator with the Nipigon-based Superior Country tourism agency, said Rossport is an integral part of an overall plan to market Lake Superior’s north shore.

The rugged area contains several viewing sites and hiking trails “that locals know about, but travellers don’t,” Kukko said.

When Nipigon opened an elevated viewing platform offering a bay view of Lake Superior three years ago, about 3,000 people signed a registry book at the site, Kukko said.

Carl Clutchey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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