Residents protest Wasaga Beach development plans

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As Wasaga Beach council met with residents on Saturday about the city’s future, another group staged a protest outside.

Protesters carried signs that read “Honk for Beachfront Public Meetings” and “Wake Up Wasaga, Your Voice Matters.”

It comes as the city nears a deal with a developer to transform an area that borders the beach.

“We want to talk about it. We want to know what’s going on here,” said Faye Ego, president of the Wasaga Beach Ratepayers Association (WBRA).

However, the city said public consultations have taken place in recent years.

Now they’re negotiating with a developer, and a lot of it is done behind closed doors.

“Until these negotiations are at a point of completion, they are confidential,” Wasaga Beach Councilor Stan Wells said.

It’s something Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi said is part of the process.

“We went through a bidding process, and our initial negotiations with the preferred developer did not work out. We are now with Bayloc, and we hope negotiations will continue, and hopefully we will have something to share with the community soon,” Bifolchi said.

She said once a deal is done and the developer has a plan, then they will vote on it.

The proposed development will include a multi-storey residential building with commercial properties at the bottom.

Bruce Roberts of the Wasaga Beach Business Association said he would like to see some things in the development to help the town attract visitors year-round.

“Whatever happens in there, there will be restaurants down there. Places like arcades, things for kids to do, that would be absolutely perfect,” Roberts said.

The city has said some buildings at the western end of the development site could be demolished in the coming months, but there is no timetable indicating when a deal will be reached or a potential design will be presented to council. .

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