Maximizing the potential of Penetanguishene’s picturesque waterfront will be a high priority for the municipality over the next five years.

“I think the intent is to complement what has been accomplished with the waterfront park,” said Jeff Lees, the town’s chief administrative officer. “The town has endorsed a secondary plan, which is really going to give some more direction in terms of what council and the community wants to see on the waterfront around the town dock and wharf area.”

Penetanguishene is about to release a detailed strategic plan outlining the town’s priorities for 2019-23. In addition to two public meetings, consultants met with a dozen local boards, committees and organizations, as well as town staff, volunteer firefighters and Georgian Village residents. They determined the strengths of the town, future opportunities and the challenges both now and in the future.

Enhancing the waterfront was a key theme reiterated by many in the community. Of the more than 350 residents who responded to the town’s survey, 67 percent believed the harbour and lakefront are the town’s biggest assets.

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