Save Ragged Beach

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 Ragged Beach is an uninhabited dark coast which is important to the sustainability of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, as it protects fledgling birds from the effects of light pollution;

Ragged Beach is an international tourism destination, a key attraction on the East Coast Trail, and brings spinoffs to the Southern Shore;

Current and future development could negatively impact the bird sanctuary, the East Coast Trail and the beach itself;

In 2014, a Commissioner recommended that 99 hectares of Crown land along Ragged Beach be set aside as a Crown Reserve, but this was not done;

The provincial government has a responsibility to protect Ragged Beach as an area of provincial interest. Therefore, we, the undersigned, call upon the House of Assembly to urge the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to Implement an immediate one-year moratorium on development in the Ragged Beach/Mullowney’s Lane area of Witless Bay to assess the significance of this area and develop a plan to protect the dark beach.