Rarely do we take the time to thank tourists for their contributions to a vibrant Leelanau.
We received the following unsigned correspondence earlier this summer with an obvious bent toward Leland. With a few changes the same could be said of any community in the county. We thought it deserved reflection.
I Am the Tourist.
That rents your cottage
That buys goods from the Leland Merc instead of Walmart
That hires your workers to build and maintain our cottage
That increses the value of your land or keeps it stable
That pays taxes without the homestead deduction
That donates to the Conservancy to save open space
That helped save Fishtown
That donated to the fireworks for all to see
That donated to the Leelanau Historical Society
That hires your salmon guides
That frequents your golf courses
That owns and wears dozens of Leland clothing items
That fills the tables at the Bluebird, Early Bird, Riverside,
Cove or Ricks
That buys ice cream at the Harbor House way too often
That is only in Leelanau a fraction of the year
That buys your arts, baked goods and vegetables each
Do not harbor ill will (toward) me ... I am the Tourist.