By Molly Halloran
From Episode 17:
“Not a problem,” Simpson smiled, “We’d want an exclusive deal—let me explain.”
And so he did…
The following morning, the village council met in emergency session to consider the proposal submitted by Allen “Big A” Simpson the previous night. Attending the meeting were (at the counter L to R) Hiram Silverthorn, Jr, Sarah Cooper, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, the “Codger,” George Gamboge (the Mayor), Shaddock Farkleberry, Medlar Farkleberry, Hiram Silverthorn, Sr, and behind the counter, Sam Silverthorn (not a member of the council).
“So,” Mayor George Gamboge began, “just what are these guys offering?”
“I have it here,” began Hiram Sr, and he read the preliminary proposal by Big Lake Cruises:
- Repave old Hwy 61 from new Hwy 61 to the harbor.
- Build a luxury hotel on the harbor.
- Purchase all supplies & fuel locally.
- Expand the pier to accommodate their larger boat.
“There’s more, but these are the main points.” Hiram concluded.
“That sounds impressive to me,” Gamboge said, while mentally contemplating the money this would bring to Danger Bay.
“Are they serious?” Shaddock asked.
“So it would seem,” Hiram Sr replied, “but, there is a catch, they want exclusive rights to operate out of Danger Bay Harbor.”
“We can cancel our agreement with Sparrow Big Lake Cruise Company,” the mayor replied with $-signs going through his head, “we just have to vote on it.”
“That’s a pretty skuzzy thing to do,” Shaddock exclaimed, “we did accept their offer, and they’ve begun operations.”
“That’s business!” answered Gamboge, “We gotta do what’s best for Danger Bay!”
“Is this really best?” asked Sarah, “It seems too good to be true.”
“Luxury hotels have bars,” Ines chimed in, “right?”
“It is too good to be true,” the Codger opined.
“I like them folks from th’ Sparrow,” Medlar spoke up, “It jus don’t seem right t’me.”
“It’s BUSINESS!” Gamboge heatedly replied, “It’s our responsibility to do what’s best for the village—we’ll never get another such offer to revitalize our town.”
“Well,” Shaddock said, weakening, “it would certainly get us moving again.”
“I think we’ve had enough discussion,” Gamboge said, “I move we end debate and vote on this.”
“Second,” said Shaddock.
And a vote was taken!
TO BE CONTINUED…