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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nude Beach Tentatively Approved

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Unofficial for years, MNR still has to give go-ahead

It looks like a part of Beach Area One could officially be for those who prefer to sunbathe in the buff.

The Committee of the Whole in Wasaga is recommending the town support the group Wasagabares in its efforts to have Ontario Parks designate the north tip of the main beach as a Clothing Optional Beach for a three year trial period.

Council will consider encouraging Ontario Parks to put up temporary signs along the beach to let visitors know they may encounter naked people in that part of the beach. 

The area has been used for many years as a clothing optional beach, but complaints came in last year after some people stumbled upon this section of beach and got quite a surprise.  The final decision rests with the province.

As for other decisions by Wasaga's councillors: we'll have to wait another week to see if there is an operator for the Copa Cabana bar in Wasaga Beach. 

At Tuesday afternoon's Committee of the Whole meeting, councillors weren't quite satisfied with a lease offer from Recreation Leisure Services Limited. 

The base rent offered is $25,000 with payment of taxes for four months.

That leaves the other eight months of the year to be paid by taxpayers.

Councillors voted in favour of amending the offer to lease to include payment of taxes for a whole year. 

Staff will now go back to RLS to see if they will accept this and the final offer to lease will come before full council for final approval next Tuesday.

The company also proposes spending around $316,000 to fix up the Copa building and eventually expand into the building next door, which used to be Splash, for a dining room which would also be used as a wedding facility.

We still don't know who will run the Dardanella at the main beach this summer. 

There was a staff recommendation to approve Enzo Grossi's company Phoenix Hospitality Inc., but no members of the committee wanted to put a motion forward. 

Now the matter goes back to a future Committee of the Whole meeting. Grossi has already been chosen to run Bananas.

The committee did accept the offer to lease from Wasaga Beach Brewing Company Inc. for the Main Street Market Beer Gardens for a base rent of $10,000 exclusive of taxes. 

The brewing company will also pay $30,000 for the construction of the beer garden building which will be 600 square feet and is to be built for June.

The Committee of the Whole has approved recommending that full council go to a Request For Proposals for a consultant team to develop the Downtown Master Plan. 

Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Andrew McNeill, says there is a funding announcement coming from the provincial government soon and once that happens he will report back to the committee with costs of the plan.


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