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MODL calls on Province to take action over Crecent Beach Developments

By Evan Taylor Mar 24, 2023 | 1:30 PM

A rock wall is being constructed along Crescent Beach, which is causing concerns amongst residents. Photo: Submitted Image.

In recent weeks residents near Crescent Beach have been raising concerns about a private development that is underway.

Their primary concern is that the rock wall being constructed will irreparably damage the beach, and they claim it is being constructed below the high-water mark which is prohibited under the provinces Coastal Protection Act.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg appears to agree with the resident’s concerns with Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson releasing a public letter earlier this week calling on the provincial government to act.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is deeply concerned about the situation at Crescent Beach and echoes the community concerns.

MODL is very concerned about coastal development. The Province has established the Coastal Protection Act to protect natural eco-systems and make sure new homes and businesses are safer from sea level rise, coastal flooding, and coastal erosion.

The Coastal Protection Act regulations, once adopted, will create protections for sensitive coastal ecosystems and make sure construction is at a safer height and distance from coastal shorelines.

Council is calling upon Province of Nova Scotia to immediately implement the Coastal Protection Act regulations.

In addition to Council’s letter to the Province, I will recommend to Council that MODL expedite municipal planning for shoreline protection.

Open lines of communication with our Provincial partners are essential to ensure that the Municipality and the Province are aligned in protecting our precious beaches.

-MODL Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson

The province has yet to issue a response.

A public meeting on the development is also being organized by residents opposed to the project, it will take place at the Petite Riviere Fire Hall between 3:00 and 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 25.


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