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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Town Appeals Court Decision In Sauble Beach Raking Case

Sauble Beach | by Claire McCormack  

South Bruce Peninsula has filed an appeal of a decision that finds the Town destroyed Piping Plover Habitat

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is appealing a Justice of the Peace's decision that found the town guilty of destroying piping plover habitat by raking the beach.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry barred the Town from raking the beach, and in 2018, charged the town for doing work on the beach on two separate occasions back in 2017.

Mayor Janice Jackson says an appeal was filed on Monday. (Oct7)

"We were quite disappointed in the decision in the Justice of the Peace in this matter and we really feel that we have no choice but to appeal."

"The Justice made decisions based on findings that we certainly don't agree with," says Jackson, adding "We do certainly hope that we'll be successful on appeal."

She says that appeal has eight points, including disputing what is considered to be plover habitat and which of that applies to the town. It will also dispute a claim that any human activity damages plover habitat.

In the meantime, the Town is set to be sentenced in December.

Between now and then, Jackson says South Bruce Peninsula will continue to work with the Province to lock down a beach maintenance plan.

Jackson says the appeal will likely be heard in early 2020.

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