Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Designation of Fort Amherst lighthouse as heritage structure good step in development of The Narrows


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Cleary lauds Fort Amherst Lighthouse Heritage Designation

 
MP Ryan Cleary (St. John’s South-Mount Pearl) is delighted with the federal Conservative government’s decision to designate the Fort Amherst Lighthouse as a heritage structure, describing it as a step in efforts to develop The Narrows.

“We are working with all levels of government and with the philanthropic community to make things happen in both The Battery and Fort Amherst,” says Cleary, Chair of The Narrows, a group dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the historic entrance to St. John’s harbour.

“We applaud the decision by the Conservative government to designate the lighthouse as historic. This is definitely a step in the right direction towards our goal for The Narrows.”

The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, which was adopted in 2008, allows for the protection of federally owned lighthouses on Canada's coastal and inland waters that have significant heritage value.

The Narrows Group is currently working with neighbourhoods in Fort Amherst and The Battery to develop a vision plan for the area. A poll of residents is currently being conducted and plans are well underway for the second annual Grand Punt Race, Townies vs. Baymen, in St. John’s harbour this coming August.

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