Work began Monday on Bruce Point Road to restore permanent public access to the shore just off Boughton Island.

 The Department of Transportation completed the land survey that leaves no doubt the land where a seasonal resident erected a gate blocking the road is public land said Minister Steven Myers.

“A copy of the survey has been sent to the resident and survey crews went out this morning to put pins in to indicate where the property lines are as step one of reclaiming this parcel as road.

Upgrades to the road will follow.

“The road will be widened out to bring it up to government standards,” Minister Myers said. “The parking area is there, but  we are going to upgrade it so it is clearly marked and fixed as a proper parking area.

Back in February local resident Scott O’Neill requested the government take action when he encountered the gate across the property.

The island is uninhabited and is under the charge of the provincial Natural Areas Protection Act.

With six kilometres of shoreline, the 240 hectare land mass has a long and storied history. It was once a booming community with a lobster cannery, school and a post office.

Back in 2005 the Nature Conservancy of Canada, with funding from both the provincial and federal government paid a developer close to half a million dollars to preserve the property.

Even so it is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, many of whom trek the sand bar at low tide to walk the shores of the island.

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