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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Council Votes No To Heritage Designation

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

Sauble Beach will not be declared a natural heritage site any time soon.

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Sauble Beach will not be declared a natural heritage site any time soon.
At its regular meeting September 5th, South Bruce Peninsula council voted 3-2 against pursuing any such title under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The original recommendation came from the Municipal Heritage Committee, following its August meeting.
Chair Dr. John Carter says they approved a suggestion from a Sauble Beach resident to make such a move.
Carter was disappointed with the council vote since he felt there were advantages to having the designation.
A designation through the Ontario Heritage Act can be for architecture, can be for heritage or in the case of Sauble Beach, it was for natural heritage.
Carter says, according to reports he has seen, "Sauble Beach has at least 10 rare species of plants in the sand dunes."
He felt passing the motion would show "Stewardship and might even help with future land claims."
The majority of council was concerned that a heritage designation might tie their hands when maintaining the beach and felt the sand dunes are largely untouched anyway.
Mayor Janice Jackson, Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland, who is also a member of the Heritage Committee; and Councillor Matt Jackson all voted against the designation process.
Councillors Ana Vukovic and Craig Gammie voted in favour.
Mayor Janice Jackson indicated the timing was bad because of the issues the town is dealing with when it comes to Sauble Beach.
Carter says he will report back to his committee at their next regular meeting on September 15th but he had no comment on what may come out of that meeting.

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