The proposed projects on King Edward/Alexandra and the initiated unauthorized work on Arthur/Patricia of last Tuesday have been halted. It appears the legal opinion obtained is that all the beach and cliffs are deemed to be Provincial land. Council has no power to grant anyone permission to do anything on the cliffs or beaches on Sunset and has therefore passed the responsibility to the Province.
The beachfront areas in question (under Plan 1755 dated 1915) , was known as Sunset Blvd. It was legally registered as a road, titled to the Crown. Though the road has long since become beach,cliff and/or water, the road has never been delisted so it still technically exists.
Therefore, any work done on the beach or cliffs will need Provincial permission and approval or appropriate action will be taken.
Use of public property can be accessed to work on the private property and it will be allowed by council, however no provincial property can be used or damaged.
Brian Hodgson also offered some alternative solutions to the council for the beaches. He has even contacted Hydro and the province for help on some pilot projects. Further evidence showing that the community does want to help and be involved with the private waterfront owners situation. (Just not with revetments or rip rap solutions.)
IT HAS ALSO NOW BECOME EVEN MORE CRITICAL AND URGENT TO LET THE PROVINCE KNOW YOU WANT YOUR LAKE PROPERLY LOOKED AFTER AND MANAGED.
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING LETTER (OR WRITE YOUR OWN) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA:
THEN SEND IT TO THE EMAILS ALSO FOUND ON THE LINK.
The job entrusted to us to protect our shorelines and all of Lake Winnipeg for the generations to come is by no means over. More to follow on this and the meeting in future posts.