A planned housing project along one of Newfoundland’s prettiest coastlines has sparked a tense dispute . At issue is a small subdivision proposed about 50 metres from the famed East Coast Trail — a hikers’ paradise that draws international tourists to Witless Bay, N.L. and only about 30 minutes from St. John’s. “Obviously it would be worth an awful lot of money and that’s what really worries us,” said local resident Dena Wiseman. “We’re going to lose this beautiful coastline, and we just don’t think it should happen. “This is Crown land that is well used by the public.” The local town council has approved in principle rezoning the land to residential from rural. But it will ultimately be up to the province to decide whether to sell Crown land near the popular hiking trail and Ragged Beach area.

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