Campground expansion halted
Province issues stop-work order for Clarke’s Beach park
A Clarke’s Beach woman who initiated a crusade against the expansion of a campground in the town has earned a small victory after the provincial government issued a stop-work order for the project.
But Mildred Snow is worried the struggle may be jeopardizing her health after she ended up in hospital on June 5, suffering from chest pains.
“It was from the stress of this,” she told The Compass.
Meanwhile, the owner of MountainView RV Park has engaged a lawyer and plans to challenge the stop-work order as soon as possible.
“I have broken no laws and I’m not going to sweat this anymore,” Ernie Mugford stated.
Mugford received permission from the Town of Clarke’s Beach in April to carry out a 50-site expansion of his park.
The town advertised the pro-
“I have broken no laws and I’m not going to sweat this anymore.”
– Park owner Ernie Mugford
posed expansion prior to its decision, but there were no objections.
Snow, who lives within close proximity to the park expansion, made an impassioned plea to council at a recent meeting, arguing the project was disrupting her quality of life. Then, on June 2, she used her car to temporarily block Park Avenue because of her frustration with the amount of heavy equipment using the narrow, winding residential street.
She also registered a complaint with the Department of Municipal Affairs, which issued the stop-work order on June 3.
Department spokesman Ken Morrissey said, “until that appeal is heard, work must cease and desist.”
It’s Morrissey’s understanding the Eastern Regional Appeals Board will be meeting later this month. Snow has also hired a lawyer. “I can’t handle this. Right now, I have to go a different route. My health is more important,” she said.
Snow complained that Mugford violated the stop-work order on June 9, but Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore said the town granted Mugford permission to only close in an electrical building and remove a pile of boughs “ for safety reasons only.”
Moore added that while it’s business as usual at the park itself, “ what development has been done is all (Mugford) can do.”
Media coverage of the dispute has ignited a debate between those on both sides of the issue, with a spate of highly charged comments being submitted by readers to The Compass website at www.cbncompass.ca.