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LETTER: Midland wrong to sell Lakewood Dr. waterfront property

'We have lived next door to this piece of land for over forty years and it has been a pleasure to see local families on the “land” side of the street come for a swim, a picnic, or just to watch a sunrise in the early morning,' resident says  
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Midland Today welcomes letters to the editor. They can be sent to andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). MidlandToday received the following letter from Jane and Ken Woods regarding the proposal to sell 349 Lakewood Drive in Midland:

Your Worship, Mayor Stewart Strathearn
Deputy Mayor, Mike Ross
& Members of Midland Town Council

RE: Proposal to sell municipal land known as 349 Lakewood Drive Midland

This Council may be totally unaware that the piece of land they are proposing to sell on the waterfront at Lakewood Drive for some quick cash, is definitely not in keeping with the sole primary purpose for this land to provide community water assess for all property owners in the area. It was designated as an undeveloped park land many years ago before we purchased our home in 1978.

We have lived next door to this piece of land for over forty years and it has been a pleasure to see local families on the “land” side of the street come for a swim, a picnic, or just to watch a sunrise in the early morning.

Through all the time we have lived here, new families considering the purchase of a home on the street, would regularly visit the property and seek confirmation that they could access the undeveloped park at any time.

Many years ago, in the middle of winter one year, an earlier Council of the Town of Midland decided to do what is rumoured today. Take away from the local property owners, access to Georgian Bay.

My recollection is that just about every property owner on both sides of the street opposed this plan at that time. The Council aborted their plan after a very heated Council meeting and stated the land would continue to be used as designated.

The sale of this property will not assist the Town of Midland financially beyond a heartbeat. It would, however, cause distress, pain and suffering for everyone on the street as long as Lakewood Drive remains where they live.

Sincerely,

Jane and Ken Woods
Lakewood Drive, Midland