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Posted: 07/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 07/23/2014 8:20 AM | Updates
Peter Nygård received a setback in current legal challenges in the Bahamas regarding his efforts to rebuild his mansion by the sea, but the former Winnipeg fashion mogul is intent on pursuing the project.
An environmental advocacy group called the Save the Bays recently won a ruling from Bahamas Supreme Court that they say halts the approval process for the construction project.
In their filing to the Supreme Court, they stated that a judicial review is required because of a "consultation process that is fundamentally flawed and procedurally unfair with a view to retrospectively authorizing the illegal construction, dredging and land reclamation activities that have taken place in and around Clifton Bay since 1984."
Nygård's residence is at the tip of a peninsula on the north side of Clifton Bay on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. The residence suffered a serious fire in 2009.
A Save the Bays release said it was granted an injunction restraining the Bahamas government from making decisions on any applications by Nygård until mid-August.
Nygård's side says although he's been the subject of the proceedings, Nygård has not been given an opportunity to be heard. Nygård has filed applications before the court seeking standing so that he can be heard by the court.
"This is clearly a campaign orchestrated to deprive Mr. Nygård of his use of Nygård Cay. Mr. Nygård should clearly have standing to ensure the fairness and integrity of the process," Nygård's lawyer, Thomas Evans, said in a statement.
"This is an important day. It continues the work of our organization in upholding the rule of law in the Bahamas in the protection of human rights," Fred Smith, director of legal affairs for Save the Bays, said in a statement. "We continue to attempt to teach the government that the public will no longer sit idly by and tolerate the destruction of the environment as a result of cosy relationships between politicians and developers."
From Nygård's point of view, the legal challenge is all part of a long-running dispute with his neighbour, Louis Bacon.
"Save the Bays is yet another vehicle for Mr. Bacon to prevent Mr. Nygård from reconstructing his residence," said a release from Nygård's public relations firm.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 23, 2014 B6
Updated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM CDT: Corrects spelling of Nygård
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