Nova Scotia minister unaware of pause on controversial sale of coastal land

Nova Scotia’s minister of lands and forests says he has not been informed of any change in an American couple’s plans to acquire Crown-owned land along the province’s Eastern Shore.

Iain Rankin says he intends to reach out to U.S.-based developers Beckwith and Kitty Gilbert, who have proposed to build as many as three golf courses in the Owls Head area.

Rankin says he wants to know whether the two want to terminate the province’s letter of offer for the 285-hectare area of coastal barrens and wetlands.

The Gilberts say in a letter released to CBC through their lawyer that they have decided to “explore multiple options” for existing properties they own near Little Harbour, N.S.

The possible sale has been controversial because Owls Head was quietly removed from a government list of land awaiting legal protection.

A group of about 80 protesters appeared outside the provincial legislature today to call on the government to reverse its decision to delist the area.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press Feb 20. 2020.

Source: Read Full Article