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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Saugeen Shores Councillor Encouraging A Little More Respect

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Councillor wants to get through the beach project in a fair manner after being 'berated' by protesters.

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According to one Saugeen Shores councillor, it's all about being respectful and moving forward.

Jami Smith wants to address what happened to her Monday night.

In an exclusive interview with Bayshore Broadcasting News' 98 the Beach Councillor Smith says she addressed a Beach Preservers rally outside the Plex before a council meeting on the controversial Cedar Crescent Village proposal for Port Elgin's main beach.

For the most part, things went smoothly but Smith says a couple of people chose to berate her "for facts that were certainly not within the control of council" that she found disrespectful.

She indicated the unidentified individuals also made unflattering comments about town staff and some other council members.

Smith says to berate those that made the comments does not help the situation at hand.

She says it isn't about her but about the community and its ability to communicate on any subject respectfully.

Councillor Smith believes most citizens are respectful and most Beach Preserver members are respectful as well.

That says to her that we will get through the beach revitalization issue in a fair and open manner when all the rules are followed.

That refers to a social media post by Deputy Mayor Don Matheson who explained the law as stated in the Municipal Act that ties the hands of elected officials to say anything publicly that is discussed behind closed doors until that issue is ready to be made public.

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