Kingsville Tall Ships Won’t Return

Tall ships visit Windsor, August 2013. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

The Tall Ships Festival will not return to Kingsville this year, partially because of a lack of communication between the town and the harbour authority.

The town needs the harbour authority’s approval to dock the ships at the pier and hold a dinner at the harbour next to the ships. Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos says they just ran out of time. “Bringing in a second ship and try to coordinate and promote, now that we’re into the middle of April, it would have been very challenging.”

Funding for the festival was pulled from this year’s budget, as was the revenue the festival was expected to generate.

The authority and the town have been at odds, most recently over the planned expropriation of harbour land by the town to add to a proposed park.