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GBIA puts positive spin on lost expansion bid

GRAVENHURST — The Gravenhurst Business Improvement Area is putting a positive spin on a rejection of its boundary expansion, which it says “would have mirrored the Town of Gravenhurst Community Improvement Plan.”

The G.B.I.A. began the process to expand just over a year ago, in March 2013, it said in a response to the town-organized survey of all 151 eligible businesses in the core business district.

Chair Annette Gillan said in a release Friday: “This has been a collaborative effort and it is business as usual for the GBIA.”

“Although positive results, towards the GBIA expansion, the weighted assessment of the total number of returned voting businesses did not want to be included in a newly-expanded Gravenhurst Business Improvement Area.”

The GBIA says “the actual numbers are: 151 were eligible to vote, 82 considered in favour of expansion, 69 replied not in favour of expansion.”

But a release from the town Thursday notes the following numbers:

“A total of seventy-six (76) ballots were returned, of the one hundred and fifty-one (151) businesses/property owners eligible to submit a ballot, with just over a 50% turnout,” said town clerk Candace Thwaites.

“Of the 76 ballots returned, 91% indicated that they did not wish to see the business area expanded.”

The GBIA seems to have counted those people who did not take part in the survey as having been considered ‘yes’ votes; as the town survey said if you don’t participate, your vote is considered a ‘yes.’

The GBIA says it “would like to thank those (82) that supported the expansion and for the support the GBIA has received.”

For further information, please contact the GBIA board chair Gillan at

And remember Uptown Gravenhurst’s motto: “Relax you’re here.”

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