The province is helping Authentic Seacoast Company expand its operations and create new jobs in rural Nova Scotia. Jim Boudreau, MLA for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, announced today, Sept. 13, a $1.19-million Nova Scotia Jobs Fund investment in Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd., that is expected to create 35 new jobs in Guysborough. “We understand the importance of investing in our businesses and helping them remain productive and competitive,” said Mr. Boudreau. “By helping this successful and important employer in Guysborough, we are growing the economy and supporting jobs in rural Nova Scotia.” The investment is a $1-million forgivable loan and a capital incentive of $191,000. The $2.7-million project will allow the company to create an artisan distillery in the town of Guysborough that will operate year round. Authentic Seacoast Company is also starting a coffee roasting business and bakery and expects to double its workforce within the next five years. “We are honoured by this expression of confidence by the province in the Authentic Seacoast Company, and our longstanding efforts to create a notable destination and enterprise, leading to meaningful and sustainable employment growth in Guysborough County,” said Glynn Williams, president/CEO of Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. “We are looking forward to joining other artisan-scale distillers in the country, as we create distinctive products that appeal to consumers looking for a connection to the people and place that their purchases originate.” Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. is part of the Authentic Seacoast Group, wholly owned by Mr. Williams. The group owns and operates a number of Guysborough businesses, including DesBarres Manor Inn, the Rare Bird Pub and Eatery, Osprey Shores Golf Resort, Authentic Seacoast Brewery, Harbour Belle Bakery and Full Steam Coffee Company. “We hope that our products will serve as ambassadors for Nova Scotia and Guysborough, and that we will be able to share a wee dram with those who come to experience the East Coast as It’s Meant to Be,” said Mr. Williams. The Nova Scotia Jobs Fund pursues investment opportunities for communities in transition, industry sectors, regional support, small businesses programs, infrastructure and large industrial ventures.
She wrote a message of her own to Mr Sullivan, urging him to abandon his plan to cast hundreds more bottles adrift elsewhere around Britain, telling him: “Those bottles could be smashed before they land on our precious beach or stepped on.“I would ask you to think of another more environmentally friendly way of carrying on with your campaign. When visiting our beaches you should leave only footprints.” Helen Gill, who was strolling on the beach with her boyfriend last Saturday, was among those who feared that the bottles would be damaging to wildlife and add to the mountains of waste already polluting our oceans.Ms Gill told The Telegraph: “I went for a beach walk and we came across about 30 glass bottles with lids. They had lots of messages inside about finding love. It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?” Helen Gill: “It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?”Credit:Facebook On the surface it seemed like a touching idea from a widower looking for love after the death of his beloved wife from cancer; cast hundreds of bottles out to sea, each containing a plea for a soul mate to come forward.But Craig Sullivan’s attempt to find romance led to an unexpected backlash over the prospect of dozens of the bottles washing up on Britain’s beaches.The 49-year-old a consumer technology designer had been inspired by the Police’s hit song Message in a Bottle, which pictured a lonely castaway’s search for company answered in similar fashion.His romantic gesture, which involved casting 2,000 bottles into the sea from various points around the British coastline, soon ran into trouble however, when walkers stumbled on dozens of them littering Rhossili Bay, near Swansea. Not that the messages he sent out to sea have been completely in vain. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Craig Sullivan, who was planning to cast 2,000 bottles out to sea around BritainCredit:Wales News Service Fears were also expressed after Mr Sullivan left a similar number of bottles, each containing his plea for love, near salmon breeding grounds in the River Cree in Scotland. Dozens of people used social media to urge Mr Sullivan to scrap his romantic project.“He might have thought it was a good idea but I don’t think he’s really thought it through,” said Ms Gill, 36, from Dunvant, Swansea.“There’s already so much rubbish in our seas and rivers and the last thing we need is more bottles dumped into them,”Mr Sullivan, who had planned on casting the bottles at sea while travelling round the country with his teenage daughter, has now abandoned the project in the face of objections from Ms Gill and others.”There has been a rather unpleasant backlash to my intentions, which were always not to achieve this sort of reaction,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s been quite saddening but it won’t affect my optimism or plans – to find someone new.” One of the lonely heart bottles washed up on Rhossili BayCredit:Wales News Service Mr Sullivan has already been contacted by several women interested in striking up a friendship.”As it happens I’ve been contacted by a lady in Ireland and one from the west coast of Scotland and I’ve got a couple of dates arranged,” he said on Wednesday. “So some good has come out of it.”