98 The Beach

98 The Beach

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Plans for Popular Beachfront Property Chugging Along

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The property includes the "Station", Mini-Golf and Flea Market Space

It's still at least a year away, but there could be some redevelopment at the Port Elgin Beach.

In an information report to Saugeen Shores councillors, it was announced that local business people Pier Donnini and Dan Murawsky are working with the town to establish a Memorandum of Understanding.

Donnini says the area in question takes in the land where the train station is now, along with mini-golf property "and the entire paved area where the Flea Market is on Wednesdays."

The municipality had put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the property and according to the report, Donnini and Murawsky, "met all the requirements outlined in the RFP."

Donnini says the plan, if approved, will be a major investment for the area.

He says it could create millions of dollars of economic impact; create over 60-jobs and could result in the area becoming a real destination point for tourists.

Donnini was not at liberty to say exactly what the specific plans are at this time but when asked by Bayshore Broadcasting News if a return of the miniature train was possible, he said, "If I have anything to do about it, absolutely, there will be a train."

The information report, presented by CAO David Smith says any final agreement will ensure, "there are a number of public check-ins throughout the process."

Donnini says their plan, has paid close attention to the Waterfront Master Plan where people said what they wanted at the Port Elgin Beach area.

Donnini is owner of the Queen's Hotel in Port Elgin; Dan Murawsky owns Murawsky Design and Drafting of Port Elgin.

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