Francis Campbell
The Chronicle Herald
November 23, 2021

Originally published here

Lighthouse Links has abandoned its goal of building golf courses and a resort area at Owls Head on the Eastern Shore.

“We have concluded that we do not have the support of the government of Nova Scotia necessary to make this project a reality,” the company said in a statement released to the media Tuesday.

“Therefore, Lighthouse Links has reluctantly withdrawn from the Dec. 16, 2019, letter of offer.”

The proposed project had been embroiled in controversy since the 2019 decision by Iain Rankin, then lands and forestry minister, to remove the Crown property at Owls Head from the parks and protected list and to reach a conditional agreement to sell the land to developer Beckwith Gilbert.

… In early April, Bev Isaacs of Little Harbour/Owls Head urged about 100 people outside the law courts building in Halifax to rally against the government’s “unfair, secretive backroom deal to sell Owls Head provincial park to a non-resident.”

Isaacs said at the time the delisting decision was disrespectful to the citizens of Nova Scotia. 

“Our government owes it to the people of Nova Scotia to provide an environment that we all can be proud of, an environment that will be sustainable, an environment with an ecosystem that will provide clean air, clean water, for the next generation,” Isaacs said.

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