The former mayor of St. Vincent's says he's upset that a gazebo project he started 14 years ago was torn down by the current town council.

Pat Stamp built the gazebo on the beach to create a spot for tourists to hang out and whale watch. Now, all that's left are some shingles and bits of wood littering the beach.

Stamp said he went to a member of the town council to find out why the gazebo was torn down.

St. Vincent's gazebo

The gazebo was installed at St. Vincent's beach 14 years ago, but the town council recently decided to tear it down, citing rot and liability concerns. (CBC)

"She said … as far as she knew what it was, that the gazebo was rotten and it was a liability to the town so they decided to take it down," he said.

Stamp's work on the gazebo started 14 years ago, but was sidelined by a devastating industrial accident that severely injured him. Stamp, the subject of a CBC documentary on how his face was reconstructed, has also become an advocate for occupational health and safety. 

According to Stamp, the gazebo was originally equipped with removable wheels so it could be easily moved during the winter months, but when he was sidelined after a serious accident, later councils left it on the beach year round.

Stamp said the gazebo could have easily been refurbished, and started a petition to get it put back.

However, the town council said they stand by their decision to remove the structure, citing concerns about liability and cost.

"When I see things that we were so involved with to try to better the town … and then you see it just fallen by the wayside, it just tears a piece out of you that this is happening," said Stamp.

The community is divided on the subject, but people on both sides agreed the town could have handled the situation more delicately.

Mayor Daniel St. Croix told CBC News there will be picnic tables and a new boardwalk installed where the old gazebo once stood.