Letter: In defense of Falmouth's business climate

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A frequent topic of discussion about Falmouth is whether our community is business friendly. The answer to that question is measured on a number of levels. First, the town staff is extremely responsive and helpful to business requests. In addition, the town has been engaged for some time in a thorough review process of how our ordinances and guidelines impact the business environment of today and tomorrow. For example, the effort to re-imagine and rebuild Route 1 into a pedestrian-friendly “village” environment, while continuing to operate as a major thoroughfare, is one that has been conducted over a number of years. The process has been inclusive, transparent and all-encompassing in its scope.

Now that this initiative is beginning to move forward into the implementation phase, it is very encouraging to look at the strong business environment on Route 1 and across Falmouth that we are able to build upon. Businesses such as Bernie’s Foreside, Leavitt & Sons, Goodwill, Wal-Mart, and so many others are thriving –  and new businesses continue to move to Falmouth. On Route 1, in addition to numerous banks, we have welcomed Portside Realty, Zeus’s Closet, Trimmings, Sashays, and Bueno Loco. On Route 100, we have TD Bank, full medical and office buildings, and new businesses such as Greener Posture Yoga, Madden’s Pub, and a new McDonald’s will be breaking ground in the spring.

Look all around you; Falmouth is indeed “open for business.”

Town Councilor Chris Orestis