April 26, 2018 - A Long Point-area man has pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for
unlawfully filling shore lands without a work permit under the Public Lands Act.
Court heard that on March 2, 2017, staff from the ministry’s Aylmer district office
were working at Long Point in Norfolk County when a man approached them and described
how he planned to construct a seawall for erosion control. Ministry staff explained
that he would need a work permit prior to commencing any work. On March 27, 2017,
ministry officials discovered a row of armour stone had been placed on the shore
lands, extending into the waters of Lake Erie. An investigation determined that
between March 10 and 27, 2017, the man had placed the armour stone on the shore
lands without a work permit. The armour stones have since been removed by the man.
Justice of the Peace Kelly Visser heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Simcoe, on March 29, 2018.
The ministry reminds the public that work permits are required prior to conducting
any work on shore lands.
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