Coast guard divesting iconic tourist destination
The Municipality of Cumberland County is considering taking over the Cape d'Or lighthouse property, as the Canadian Coast Guard continues the process of divesting its lighthouse properties. Contributed
UPPER NAPPAN - County council is looking at taking over ownership of one of the province's premier tourist destinations.
For 15 years the federal government has been in the process of divesting its lighthouse properties, and the iconic property at Cape d'Or is on the list. The Municipality of Cumberland County is considering taking over the property to keep it open to the public for years to come.
Providing a presentation to council at its July 20 session were Darlene MacDonald, manager of tourism development with the provincial Department of Economic Rural Development and Tourism, and Rhonda Kelly with the Cumberland regional development association, hile site operator Darcy Snell was also on hand.
"Where it is such an icon, and they were here today giving the presentation, I think we are interested in it, but with reservations, because there are infrastructure problems there we would like to see fixed before we take it over," said Warden Keith Hunter.
The warden said the county is in the process of negotiating with the federal government over the property, and would try to get the best deal possible.
More than 15-20,000 people visit Cape d'Or every year, and the site is often used front and centre in provincial tourism campaigns to market Nova Scotia's seacoast experience.
(For the full story, see the July 28 issue of The Citizen-Record)