Are big box stores coming to St. Margaret's Bay?

    TANTALLON, NS, March 28 /CNW/ - Residents of St. Margaret's Bay are
witnessing their community change faster than they can manage and are
organizing to do something about it.
    These concerns will come together at a community forum hosted by the
St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association (SMBSA) at St. Luke's United Church
in Tantallon on March 28 at 7:00 pm.
    SMBSA spokesperson Geoff Le Boutilier says, "Recent developments such as
the Tantallon Mall threaten to overwhelm the community with big box stores,
larger population densities, higher traffic volumes, greater noise and light
pollution, and a host of environmental issues."
    Says Le Boutilier, "The pace and scope of many of these changes are
contrary to the values of the Bay's residents. Community resistance was
initially aroused by proposed amendments to signage bylaws. In response to the
community outcry, the amendment has been scaled back, but the prospect of big
box stores remains."
    "A community originally caught off guard by outdated bylaws has quickly
organized itself and is now poised to take a position on change and make its
opinion count," says Le Boutilier.
    The SMBSA, the local Chamber of Commerce and the local Tourism
Association turned out in numbers to register their displeasure with the
signage bylaw changes at a February 14 public hearing.

    Panelists at the "Managing Change in a Coastal Community" Friday night
forum include:

    - Bob Fournier, Dalhousie Professor on the recent White's Point Quarry
    - Jen Graham, Ecology Action Centre on the challenges being faced by
      coastal communities across Nova Scotia
    - Leon Kentridge, local architect and urban planner on implications of
      unchecked development in Saint Margaret's Bay

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For further information: and interviews: John McCracken, (902) 820-2016
(h), (902) 880-8057 (Cell)

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