Friday 3 April 2009

A frog in their throat

I've just had a nice coldie at the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron's Frogs on the Waterfront watering hole.

It appears that it's not all plain sailing down on the waterfront, which is becoming a battle-ground for eager development. A member of the club has told me that the owners of the land, the notorious Cairns Port Authority, are seeking to disrupt this piece of idyllic beer-drinking haven, with a huge hike in rent.

"It's pretty well been doubled," the member said. When questioned how they would afford it, the abrupt answer was, 'with great difficulty."
The monthly rent bill is rumoured to have increased in excess of $10,000.

If this is true, the end result could well be similar to the fate of the Cairns Yacht Club, that ending up with the raw deal of the Port Authority's uncaring corporate attitude. This smells of tactics that would put this establishment in a situation where they would have to move on, leaving the land available for the landlords to do what they want with.

Why does all this sound a bit too familiar?

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