|217||Jackson Bowser||Save the restaurants of Portsmouth!|
|215||Susan Pettibone||Let's help save these restaurants and their employees!|
|214||David Hansen||Please open up congress street/market square for the local restaurants to do outdoor dining. Support local business!|
|213||Leah Baver||We love Portsmouth!|
|210||John Erney||Restaurant workers rock the casbah!!!|
|209||Kristen Rocha||Small business will sink if we don’t do something|
|208||Jo Ann Beaudette|
|207||Jessica Wells||Please help our community rebuild!|
|206||Mikayla Conte||Give the business outside space!!|
|204||Ann-Marie Waterhouse||Keep the restaurants and folks safe, give them outdoor space!|
|200||Tyler Picard||Please allow these streets to close for the sake of our cherished Portsmouth restaurants. They have faced enough adversity as it is!!|
|199||John Sargent||Walkable modern urbanism is needed!|
|197||Kat Erney||Let’s do this!!!|
|196||Mairi Ellum||Support the Portsmouth food scene!|
|195||Joshua riddle||let's support our communities through hard times|
|192||Jonah Snyder||This would allow my family to be a e to enjoy the restaurant experience and feel safe!|
|190||Kristie Edmunds||Please keep the business downtown alive by approving this plan|
|189||Kenneth Henault||This is an opportunity to turn Portsmouth into a great walking city. It reminds me of Downtown Crossing in Boston.|
|188||Julie Reynolds||Support local businesses- allow for outdoor seating!|
|187||Richard Janusz||Support local outdoor seating!|
|186||Christine Carbone||I think that moving ahead with a solid plan to close streets will benefit both businesses and customers.|
|179||Jay Dugal||I thinks it is unconscionable the position business owners have been forced into. I will support any action that will get them up and running.|
|178||Eileen Greeley||Cmon Portsmouth traffic doesn’t have to drive through town. Let our businesses outside where it’s safer and it would be fun!|
|172||Trevor Hopwood||Let’s go! There is room for outdoor seating. Get creative Portsmouth, so that we have a Portsmouth when this is over!|
|171||Janine Holder||Please consider!|
Additionally, please email the City Council, who has the authority to approve both the plan and outdoor liquor licenses. It is crucial for outdoor dining to continue after indoor dining is allowed as due to COVID, seating will be limited, and having additional outdoor seating at least gives the businesses a fighting chance.
We are working on a plan to move forward and to get our community and business back to what it needs to be. It may not be a perfect plan, but it is an actionable and timely plan — which needs to be acted upon quickly (implemented no later than July 1) to save our downtown as we know and love it.
Restaurant owners Joanna Kelley, Al Fleury, and Joe Kelley have a plan to close four Market Square streets for outdoor dining and shopping. They hired an engineer to show how it can work, and are hoping city officials can make it a reality soon.
This plan could be endlessly debated and talked about, but due to COVID 19, we don’t have time, or we should say our businesses don’t have that kind of time.
Portsmouth has a long history of coming together to overcome adversity. Remember, “Keep Portsmouth Loud?” Back in 2014, The Prescott Park Arts Festival was getting some heat for being ”too loud.”
Residents took it upon themselves to organize discussions about how to bridge the gap between those that wanted a sleepy seaside bedroom community and those that wanted a thriving nightlife. People attended city hall meetings to voice their concerns respectfully, and in the end the music played on in Prescott Park.
Do you want to be part of the solution? Then help the local businesses and restaurants and their staff figure out a way to reopen downtown as soon as possible while following all of the safety precautions, proper sanitation, disinfection, and procedures that are consistent with the highest industry standards.
We need to act now and reform this plan while implementing it so that it is timely and effective. We need to take the leap and be ready and willing to be flexible, make changes, and once we do this, we will wonder why we didn’t do it sooner.
With sincerest gratitude, and looking forward to seeing you soon!