The Township of Muskoka Lakes Council voted this morning to uphold their May 18th decision to ‘pause’ development in Minett through an interim control by-law while studies are done to determine what development is appropriate in this small bay. The meeting was moved to Port Carling’s community hall to accommodate the approximately 150 people who attended to show their support for the ICBL. All with only one day’s notice!
Despite Councillor Phil Harding objecting that the Agenda had been manipulated to orchestrate the repeal of the ICBL, in violation of the procedural bylaws, the Mayor proceeded with the Agenda as written.
After hearing delegations from 5 people supporting the ICBL, including 3 representatives of Friends of Muskoka and 1 representative of the MLA, Council upheld the ICBL by a vote of 7 – 3 — with Mayor Furniss and Councillors Baranik and Ledger opposing. When Councillor Ledger asked what development would be acceptable in Minett, Frank Jaglowitz received enthusiastic applause for his reply: ‘not a residential subdivision’.
Today’s success is proof of what we can accomplish when we speak with one voice. Just imagine what we can accomplish when we use this voice in the October elections!