Is an eyesore about to be removed? Let's hope so.
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce passed a motion at its annual general meeting Thursday evening asking the Town of Fort Frances to remove the faded banners on the mill's “Lap” building or replace them with something new.
Then on Monday, the town's Economic Development Advisory Committee reportedly discussed the matter before handing off the issue to town council to decide what to do.
The Fort Frances Times has been calling for the removal of these “horrible-looking" panels for some time. As our editorial in the Sept. 14, 2016 edition stated: "If local residents returning home from across the border cringe at them, just imagine what U.S. tourists must think? Definitely not what you would call a 'banner' first impression of our community.”
And that's the whole key. We tout ourselves as “Boundless,” but the first thing visitors see crossing into Fort Frances are seven banners that convey a community that has faded into oblivion or is mired in financial decay.
With a new tourism season set to start in just over two weeks, the time for action is now: get rid of those banners.
Replacing them with new ones would be ideal but that can be a decision for another day.
Before investing tens of thousands of dollars on the effort, let's first find out if the “Lap” building still will be standing a year or two from now and go from there.