Nova Scotia

Inverness group demands access to beach

People in Inverness are demanding that a golf course developer grant them access to a popular beach.

People in Inverness are demanding that a golf course developer grant them access to a popular beach.

The public road to Walker's Beach was closed to allow for the construction of Cabot Links.  The course will open 10 of its 18 holes in July, with the official opening set for next year.

A local group says the developer isn't following through on a promise to replace the road with a walkway.

"We gave up our road for the golf course and were told we were going to get a walking path, and now they say we're not getting it," said Sheila MacKay, a member of the Inverness Waterfront Committee.

MacKay said her family has used Walker's Beach for five generations and she wants that to continue.

Neal Livingston, another member of the group, said the developers of Cabot Links signed an agreement with the Inverness Development Association to create the pathway.

"The simple fact of the matter is they're obligated to do this. They've got excavators and bulldozers and everything else down there building the course, and they should get this built immediately. It's required," Livingston said.

Not what clause says: developer

Ben Cowan-Dewer, the golf course project manager, disputes that.

"I don't actually think that's what the clause says. I think what the clause says is we would provide a beach access path," Cowan-Dewer said.

He said the developers are building an access path along Beach Road No. 1, which leads to Inverness Beach, not Walker's Beach. He said the latter remains cut off by the golf course.

Livingston said the community group plans to hold a public meeting on June 22.

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