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Central Elgin Re-Opens Port Stanley Harbour West Breakwater to the Public
September 5, 2015 - For Immediate Release
A ceremony was held this morning at the entrance of the west breakwater in Port Stanley to celebrate the re-opening of the breakwater to the public. After the ribbon cutting, pedestrians were led down the breakwater for the first walk by a bagpiper.
Mayor Marr said, “The re-opening of the breakwater to the public is a significant moment in Port Stanley’s history. It will be a major tourist attraction for the area, and taking a walk along the breakwater will bring back fond memories of Port Stanley for many people. Safety has been first and foremost in our minds throughout the whole process, and many steps have been taken to make sure that those who visit the breakwater are able to do so safely, and enjoy the experience.”
Public safety is a priority for Central Elgin Council and staff, and a public education campaign on breakwater safety has been initiated. Information on breakwater safety can be found on signage around the breakwater, at the Central Elgin Municipal office, and online at www.centralelgin.org.
Central Elgin obtained ownership of the breakwater through the transfer of lands from the federal government in 2010. The rehabilitation of the breakwater cost a total of approximately 3.1 million. The money expended came from the harbour contribution funds and investment income that the Municipality received from Transport Canada in 2010, and had no impact on property taxes.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 1:30pm