Owl’s Head Developers Hire Local Voice

Samantha Long
All Nova Scotia
December 11, 2020

The Americans behind a proposed golf development on the Eastern Shore have hired NATIONAL Public Relations to engage with the public before buying provincially owned land for their project.

National’s Karen White says she’s been hired as the local voice for Lighthouse Links Development Company, the firm that wants to build as many as three golf courses at Owl’s Head.

The firm, led by Beckwith and Kitty Gilbert, first had to convince the government to take Owl’s Head off the list of pending protected areas and put it up for sale.

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Owls Head court case stalling golf courses, much-needed jobs, Lighthouse Links argues

Francis Campbell
The Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2020

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It’s unfortunate that the golf course proposal for Owls Head “continues to be delayed by this lawsuit which deprives Eastern Shore residents of what could be as many as 200 badly needed local jobs, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lighthouse Links said in a statement released to media Thursday.

… The Crown properties, according to the provincial documents submitted to the court in November, include a variety of coastal barrens and wetlands, exceptional bedrock-ridged topography and are home to the piping plover and the barn swallow, two species at risk.

The properties were removed from the protected list in March 2019 without public notification or consultation.

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New Freedom of Information Request Reveals Government Process to Facilitate Sale of Owls Head

Public servants have been working with the prospective buyer, Lighthouse Links Development Corporation, to facilitate the sale of Owls Head Park Reserve

Update: In November 2019, Lands and Forestry had to file more documents in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, in response to the applicant’s request for a judicial review. As a result, we learned that the price for this unique coastal ecosystem had been assessed at $306/acre.

This means that 704 acres would only cost the developer $216,000, far below the asking price of nearby parcels. The appraiser (Turner and Drake) had determined the price based on the land being undevelopable, yet Lighthouse Links does plan to develop it.


Included in the Freedom of Information (FOIPOP) package are the signed Letter of Offer for the sale of Owls Head Park Reserve, a Valuation Report, and emails between members of the government staff and Gilbert’s representatives.

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MICHAEL GORMAN: Feds end talks that could have seen N.S. buy land for golf course development

Lighthouse Links hopes to build up to 3 courses in Little Harbour

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Michael Gorman 
CBC News
January 25, 2020

The federal government is no longer negotiating with Nova Scotia’s Lands and Forestry Department for the sale of surplus Crown land that could have become part of a proposed golf course development.

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MICHAEL GORMAN: Public will be consulted before any development at Owls Head, says minister

Lighthouse Links Development Co. wants to build 3 courses in the Little Harbour area.

Michael Gorman 
CBC News
January 10, 2020

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Members of the public have decried the fact the move happened with no notice or public consultation and have called on the government to reverse the decision. Government staff’s own assessment of the land notes the area is home to several endangered species as well as a globally rare ecosystem

But in an interview Thursday, Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said that even if the land is sold, no development would proceed before first going through the environmental assessment process, which includes opportunities for public comment.

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Lighthouse Links Development Company

Richard Bell 
Eastern Shore Cooperator
January 4, 2020

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LIGHTHOUSE LINKS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY – as of:  2019-12-30 01:33 PM

Business/Organization Name:LIGHTHOUSE LINKS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 
Registry ID:3301517 
Type:N.S. Unlimited Liability 
Nature of Business: 
Status:Active 
Jurisdiction:Nova Scotia 
Registered Office:1100-1959 UPPER WATER STREET 
HALIFAX NS Canada B3J 3N2
Mailing Address:PO BOX 2380  
HALIFAX NS CANADA B3J 3E5

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