WBRA Peaceful Rallies

 

Public Engagement On The Sale Of Beachfront Properties

Recplex Parking Lot
1724 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon

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Secret negotiations are currently going on between the Town of Wasaga Beach and the company that ranked fifth out of the six that were invited to submit a request for proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of our taxpayer-owned beachfront properties. The negotiation period was extended to the end of April. The sale of the properties to residential builder Bayloc Developments could be completed any day now.

Bayloc Developments, the firm behind Baycliffe Homes, was the only one left after FRAM withdrew and after discussions with the preferred developer, Slate Asset Management, fell through in January. Baycliffe has been the subject of a deputation to Council from the residents of the Baycliffe development known as Upper Wasaga Village over problems they experienced. Bayloc scored only 38% on the town's evaluation of their RFP submission. They have not been shown to be capable of taking on a project of the size and scope of the Beachfront Redevelopment.

No public meetings have been held, no design concept has been published, and no details have been released by the Town regarding the Bayloc proposal. At the beginning of this process, the mayor stated publicly; “If we get six lousy submissions, we’re not going to sell the town out. If we feel that none of them are sufficient, we have the right … to have another RFP. We aren’t bound by anything that comes forward.” Without any evidence to the contrary, it seems that Bayloc's may be a "lousy submission". With the secrecy and rush to complete a binding deal, it seems like we may be getting "sold out". Only after engaging with the public, informing us of the plan, and asking us what we want should council make the decision to move ahead or have another RFP. Make no mistake; there are alternatives. Other well-qualified developers are willing to come to the table once the next council is elected and there is a clear mandate from the voters.

The mayor and members of council have invited residents to attend "Coffee with Council" on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the RecPlex. This is an ideal opportunity for every concerned taxpayer to see their elected representatives in the flesh and ask them face-to-masked-face if they will hold public meetings before selling the beachfront properties to Bayloc. Do not miss this chance to Show Up and Speak Up. There may not be another before time runs out and the fate of our beachfront is sealed.

Wasaga Beach Ratepayers Association invites you to the Rally at the Recplex on the same date and at the same time, Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 AM to Noon. Bring your bells, whistles, horns, and whatever else you need to express yourself. Your presence will make a difference. If all you do is drive by, wave, and honk your horn it will make a difference. We won't have coffee but we will have signs. It helps our planning if you let us know you're coming. Please RSVP or send us an email to membership@wasagaratepayers.com. Visit our new SpeakUpWasaga.com website to complete our survey and leave comments about the need for public meetings before selling the beachfront properties.