Tuesday, September 28, 2010

to shoot or not to shoot ------------------in the low 80's preferably

                             Seems the 'borrough' of Verdun has issued an ultimatum for Nuns Island Golf Course

MONTREAL - The borough of Verdun said Tuesday it intends to give Pierre Émond, operator of Golf Île des Soeurs, 90 days to conform with environmental regulations and other commitments - "failing which he will be liable to lose his entitlement to operate the golf course."

The nine-hole course, on Nuns' Island, had been opened in late July.

Among the points of contention, the borough said, protective netting installed to catch errant golf balls on the seventh hole encroaches "on the territory of a green corridor set up to ensure the passage of birds from the St. Lawrence River to the Bois St. Paul," a wooded area, with the eighth tee "definitely encroaching on the green corridor."

In addition, "a water retention pond installed along the eighth hole is connected directly to the storm sewer, without storing any water."

Émond also hasn't submitted a tee-time reservation policy that would give priority to borough residents with a valid Access Verdun card, a borough statement added.

"I can't tolerate a developer acting in such a brutal way, by always confronting us with a fait accompli," borough Mayor Claude Trudel said.

Émond wasn't immediately available for comment.


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