Camp­ground ex­pan­sion halted

Prov­ince is­sues stop-work or­der for Clarke’s Beach park

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.

No ob­jec­tions

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.

In­tense de­bate

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.

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