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Town Hopes to Meet MNR Officials at ROMA

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula are submitting a delgation request to discuss their long-term maintenance plan for Sauble Beach.

The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) 2019 conference isn't until late January, but South Bruce Peninsula is getting its ducks in a row now.

At a council meeting on December 4th, council directed statt to submit a delegation request to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, to discuss a long-term beach maintenance approach to Sauble Beach.

Mayor Janice Jackson says the municipality has been trying for several years to develop a new maintenance plan that would be approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the town.

Jackson says its incumbent for a plan to be developed that will be responsible to the tourists and residents of Sauble Beach.

She admits she tried to get a plan in place a year ago in time for the 2018 suimmer season but that didn't happen so they'll try again in the hopes that a new plan will be in place for the summer of 2019.

Jackson says the municipality has an old existing management plan in place but it doesn't address the issues they face today so they want to develop a new one that would have the blessing of the town and the province.

She thinks the new provincial government has been a lot easier to work with and more inclined to resolve this sooner rather than later and that's good news for the municipality.

The ROMA conference takes place January 27-29 in Toronto.

Mayor Jackson says this has nothing to do with the court case the town is involved in, regarding damages to the Piping Plover habitat on Sauble Beach.

That case is ongoing.


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