It was standing room only in the Meaford Council Chambers Monday night as council hosted a public meeting regarding a land transfer request and Zoning By-law.
This request outlines the demolition of the old pub space and sees a new 61-person restaurant built as well as the current U shaped driveway changed into more of an L shape.
The prospective pub owner attended the meeting along with the project's architect and presented some early concept designs that drew much criticism from upset members of the public.
Many people cited concerns around the noise that a pub would make, not being happy with the parking lot layout proposed and heavy concerns over the sale of municipally owned public lands.
Others had concerns around the septic system's ability to handle a restaurant, public washrooms and winter runoff, concerns about the survivability of a business and manoeuvrability within the proposed parking area.
One previous owner of the property even said "If the buyer had asked me before hand I would have told him not to waste his money."
Out of the around 90 people that attended the meeting only two spoke in support of the idea. One woman saying "When I first moved here it was a pub, I see no issue with that."
Another man had a more sinister message directed at council saying "Council should remember that come the next election there is only one owner and many more opposed."
During this public meeting council remained silent, sometimes raising an eyebrow at what was said. It was unclear how they felt at the end of the meeting.
The hopeful pub owner has expressed his willingness to work with the community to bring this otherwise run down restaurant back to life well still maintaining the beach.
@NewsBayshore this is an early rendition of the architects plans for a new restaurant/pub at Leith Beach. The light green area represents the current property with the dark green area being additional property that the owner wants to purchase #onpoli pic.twitter.com/laBbs0vTR1— Cody Misner (@NewsByTheBay) June 11, 2019