Opposition to proposed golf course at Cape Breton’s West Mabou Seaside is rising

Opposition to proposed golf course at Cape Breton’s West Mabou Seaside is rising

The Nova Scotia authorities is being requested to stroll away from a pitch to create a brand new coastal golf course in Cape Breton.

A web based petition that asks authorities officers to guard West Mabou Seaside Provincial Park has already gathered greater than 12,000 signatures 

Among the many names of individuals wanting extra safety for provincial parks is Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy, who lives about 20 minutes away from the seaside in Skye Glen, Inverness County.

MacLennan-Dunphy visits the seaside three to 4 instances per week in the summertime season.

“It is protected public land,” she stated. “And it is one thing that has been designated ecologically delicate. I imply, the dialogue has been had. It simply looks as if, is that this actually occurring once more?” 

Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy, proper, at West Mabou Seaside Provincial Park together with her husband Ed. (Submitted by Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy)

The developer Cabot Cape Breton has revived a proposal to lease a part of the park for a brand new 18-hole course. When the thought was floated again in 2018, the provincial Division of Pure Assets turned down the plan, saying it discovered that elements of the park have been “a precedence ecosystem for conservation.”

The golf builders haven’t but submitted a proper proposal to the federal government, however just lately approached a number of local people organizations in search of help and providing grants if the proposal goes forward.

Cabot Cape Breton already operates two seaside 18-hole golf programs in close by Inverness.

MacLennan-Dunphy stated there are different properties in Inverness County to think about, however general the plan makes little enterprise sense as many enterprises within the space are already scrambling to seek out staff.

“In the event that they needed to purchase personal land and develop a golf course and … discover folks and truck them in to place them in bunkhouses to work, that may occur. However I do not suppose it is necessary to take action on West Mabou Public Provincial Park Seaside. , there’s different locations it might occur.”

West Mabou Seaside is a triangle-shaped park that covers roughly 215 hectares and features a two-kilometre sandy seaside alongside one aspect, a sand dune system, an estuary and path networks. The realm can also be residence to susceptible species of birds and vegetation. 

Jenn Energy lives in close by Orangedale and visits the park usually together with her household. 

Energy understands why some individuals are making a case for bringing enterprise to the realm, however questions whether or not different choices have been thought-about.

“We do have to search for alternatives for financial growth in Cape Breton. Nonetheless, we won’t search for these financial developments in any respect prices.” 

“Once I take into consideration West Mabou Seaside, it is not a spot crying out for financial growth, it is a spot crying out for defense. It is actually disappointing for me to suppose that that could possibly be sacrificed within the title of some extra vacationer {dollars}.”

Each Energy and MacLennan-Dunpy stated provincial parks want higher safety.