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Nygård defends the heavily criticized expansion of his Bahamas estate

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Peter Nygård has come out swinging against his critics who say the re-construction and expansion of his estate in the Bahamas is harming the environment

A judicial review is being sought in the Bahamas objecting to the process of public consultations regarding building permit applications Nygård is seeking to re-construct his house that was badly damaged by fire and to expand his property.

His critics say that the work will cause degradation of the shorelines of his wealthy neighbours.

But in a statement released Friday the former Winnipeg fashion tycoon and founder of Nygård International said that he has been a champion of the Bahamas and has worked toward the preservation of the region including a nearby public beach called Jaws Beach that served as a set for one of the "Jaws" movies and other movies and television programs.

In his statement he said the current judicial review applications are an attempt to change the government process.

The application for judicial review claims that key details pertaining to the proposed construction have not been made available to the public.

But Nygård says he has fully cooperated with Bahamian authorities for the past four years and that the required environmental assessments have been completed and are in the hands of the government.

He says those environmental assessments confirm that there has never been any adverse environmental impact caused by his construction activities.

His home — located at the end of a long peninsula on the northwest corner of New Providence Islands, the same Island in the Bahamas that Nassau is located on — experienced a major fire in 2009 that destroyed about 70 per cent of the home.

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