More controversy for Clarke’s Beach
Mildred Snow is exercising her right to free speech, and she’s doing it with passion, conviction and courage. The Clarke’s Beach retiree is taking a very bold stand against the activities related to an expansion of an RV park in the town, and whether you agree or disagree with her stance, she’s to be commended for her spirited struggle.
All too often, citizens refuse to voice their concerns and objections when they feel an injustice is being done. But Snow feels a line has been crossed, and she’s standing up for what she believes in.
First, she took her strong views to the Town of Clarke’s Beach during a recent council meeting, arguing that the growing park is impacting the quality of life of property owners who live within close proximity of the campground. She also challenged members of council, and questioned whether they had given the issue enough consideration before approving the development of 50 new campsites back in April.
Then, on Thursday, frustrated by the constant rumbling of construction equipment and the sound of demolition activity taking place across the street from her home, she took stronger measures. She parked her car in the street, temporarily halting traffic to and from the site. She agreed to end her protest after an RCMP officer arrived on the scene, satisfied that she had made her point.
Several other area residents share the same concerns being expressed by Snow, but none have come forward in so public a fashion. They are quietly asking how it was possible that a busy campground was ever permitted to be established so close to a residential neighbourhood. And they are wondering why it is being permitted to expand, with very little in the way of input from those most impacted by the park.
These are all very legitimate questions. The town did advertise the expansion application from the park owner in this publication, and invited residents to share their views. None did. Knowing that, council set down a list of stipulations and gave its blessing for the expansion.
Could it have done more? Absolutely. Did any member of council knock on any doors in the area, asking opinions of the proposed expansion? Did anyone check with other municipalities for advice on how they may have handled similar developments? And did council go far enough in its stipulations for approval? Is the park owner doing enough to establish a buffer between his operation and the homeowners, some of whom feel their right to the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of their property is being compromised.
It’s never an easy situation for an elected official when you have to balance the needs of citizens with that of a growing business in a municipality. Let’s just hope the scales were not tipped too far in one direction in this case.