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Restaurant association demands action on downtown 'stench'

Downtown Halifax food operators are turning up their noses at Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly.

Downtown Halifax food operators are turning up their noses at Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly.

Luc Erjavec, vice-president of the Atlantic Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association, sent an open letter to Kelly yesterday expressing the industry's concerns with the downtown “stench” because of the failed sewage treatment plant, which has been out of commission since Jan. 14.

“It’s been too little, too late,” Erjavec told Metro Halifax. “We’ve been waiting too long for answers and too long for action to be taken.”

Erjavec wrote that businesses rely on waterfront traffic in the summer months, and customers are complaining about the stench both inside and outside of restaurants. Some customers are even refusing to sit on patio areas, he added.

“Many operators believe the public awareness of raw sewage pouring into the harbour on lower Water Street is also keeping many local and regional customers away form the waterfront area,” the letter said.