Death of Bay St. merchants group was no surprise
June 12, 2008 · Updated 4:28 PM
Last weeks formal announcement that the Bay Street Merchants Association would be disbanded was anticlimactic at best. By any meaningful definition of the word, its an organization that barely existed in the first place, given the flagging level of cooperation and, for that matter, goodwill that existed among its fragmented membership.
When the associations euthanasia was confirmed at last Mondays city council meeting, the reason given was that not enough people regularly participated to even elect a full slate of officers a state requirement to claim nonprofit status.
It was ending more embarassing than tragic.
About the only good news to come out of the episode was that the Festival by the Bay, which was spawned several years ago by the Merchants Association, is expected to survive albeit under the management of the Fathoms oFun Festival organizers.
The other good news and were speculating here is that the organizations demise need not necessarily be a permanent condition. In time, when passions have cooled and a few downtown names have changed, maybe, its possible Bay Streets merchants could again recognize the benefits of putting forth a united front and give it another shot.
Even if only for appearances sake, that would be a welcome development.