Environmentalists fear pristine
area in Ont. will be destroyed
FORT ERIE, ONT. - Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie
is one of the country's most endangered ecological areas-Marcy's
Located in the Carolinian zone in southern Ontario, its
warm climate makes the conditions optimal for several
rare plants and animals.
The Marcy family used to own the land, but it was sold
after a family dispute.
The new owner, the DiCienzo family, is a land developer,
and locals fear the lush land may be destroyed for development.
"The fear is that either this owner or a subsequent
owner is going to develop the property and destroy its
unique character," said Rowland Richards, the Marcy's
However, the DiCienzo family's lawyer says they don't
have any plans for commercial development.
"The property has so many government restrictions
on it, there is very little that can be done with it,"
said Don Delorenzo.
"Mr. DiCienzo bought the property knowing that so
I really don't understand the controversy."
However, Fort Erie's mayor, Wayne Redekop, says any of
the local and provincial restrictions could be challenged
at the Ontario Municipal Board.
"The OMB has shown a penchant to allow development,
sometimes contrary to the wishes of the community,"
Environmentalists want the land expropriated and put
into public hands. However, the MPP for the area, Tim
"Going after somebody and taking their land away
from them just because you don't like them is frowned
upon by the courts," Hudak said.
Provincial and local government officials say they hope
to meet with the new owner to find a way to ensure that
Marcy's Woods will stay just the way it is.