‘The Fort Erie lakefront has been sold to private buyers for a century. To continue this sell out is shameful!’
A Commentary by Fort Erie, Ontario resident Linda McKellar
Posted March 13th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Last year, the Town of Fort Erie accepted the Comprehensive Waterfront Strategy Plan done by consultants acting for the town and paid for with our taxes.
The two priority properties identified for public securement in the Strategy Plan were Waverly Beach and Bay Beach – the ONLY two places where public access is more than just a road allowance between miles of private property.
The Fort Erie lakefront has been sold to private buyers for a century. To continue this sell out is shameful! It is very unfortunate that the Town of Fort Erie did not acquire this land. Parklands actually increase property values.
Locals and visitors have family, friends and memories of the Waverly Beach area, some pay taxes to the town and all come to this lovely, serene place to walk their dogs, relax, be in nature and talk to friends and strangers.
Robbing the Fort Erie community of this scarce window to nature is a crime to nature and the citizens. Will it end up like the site of the historic old Crystal Beach Park ? – A “Gated Village” with no access and its history gone forever!!
If families with children move in, are they aware there is no hospital and that the brand new high school, just opened in September, already has portables?
The area also includes part of the Niagara Recreational Trail – one of the best in Canada, and the Fort Erie section arguably one of the nicest. It is not rare to meet people from all over North America and even Europe, bicycling and walking there. While this small section will remain, if these people want to see a condo, they may as well stay home.
From the Fort Erie web site – “Waverly Beach offers a little bit of everything for the true nature and history lover with a beautiful view of the Buffalo waterfront, grassy woodland trails, benches, a sand beach and the remains of historic Erie Beach Park”………. It fails to mention a condo! It also fails to mention the great historical significance.
Nobody is against development but it must be done wisely and in the best interests of the people. This development has been proceeding at a very rapid pace.
SLOW DOWN and do it right.
ALL Fort Erie Councillors will hopefully want to do what is best for the VOTERS of Fort Erie (in this election year), not for a developer.
Development IN any community should bring with it responsibility TO the community!
All who love Waverly Beach and Woods should support this cause and contact their councillor.
We need to be heard. We want what is best for our town.
Linda McKellar is a Town of Fort Erie resident and retired nurse who has frequently shared commentary with Niagara At Large. The views she shares in this commentary are her own and are not necessarily shared by other individuals or groups in the town.
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