The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have laid $3,000 in fines for illegal construction.

Court heard that in 2016, an owner of a cottage property on Clearwater Bay erected a bunkhouse on his property, which is within the boundary of the Clearwater Bay restricted work order. An inspection by the MNRF revealed that the bunkhouse was illegally constructed without a work permit.

A stop work order was issued until a work permit was obtained. In 2017, a subsequent inspection revealed that the work on the structure had continued without a work permit, in violation of the conditions of the stop work order.

The cottage property owner plead guilty and was fined $1,500 for erecting a structure without a permit, and $1,500 for disobeying a stop work order. He was issued a court order to remove the structure from the property. Two other men also plead guilty to the same charges, and were given suspended sentences by the court.

The public is reminded to contact the local MNRF office prior to starting work on cottage properties.

To report a natural resources violation, residents are asked to call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, or contact your local MNRF office. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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