As a pre-trial hearing looms for South Bruce Peninsula on some beach maintainence charges at Sauble Beach, the mayor is feeling optimistic that it could be settled out of court.
Janice Jackson's optimism comes after meeting recently with Ontario's Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister, Rod Phillips.
Mayor Jackson says she was encouraged by her meeting with Phillips at the Rural Ontario Municipalities Associatiion convention saying she felt both sides want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
You may recall the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has laid two charges in connection with Sauble Beach maintainence and how it affects the nesting grounds of the endangered piping plovers that have made the beach their home over the past several years.
Jackson says she's getting signs that the provincial government could be buying into the plan that the beach should be shared with tourists, residents and the piping plovers in a responsible manner.
The mayor says no one group can take the beach for themselves, stating everyone has to work together for the betterment of all concerned.
The town and the MNRF will be in an Owen Sound court on February 13th for a pre-trial hearing.
Jackson hopes the issue will not have to go to trial but if it does, the municipality believes it has a good case for its side of the argument.