Town of Fortune,
Mayor and Councllors;
The Fortune Fishing Sheds Municipal Heritage Site was designated by the Town June 19, 2006 under the authority of the Municipalities Act 200(1).
The designation marked a milestone in the history of Fortune. In addition it provided the Heritage Society, in consultation with council, to preserve the aesthetic, historical and cultural values of the fishing sheds site.
During the summer of 2009, one of the shed owners commenced repairs and renovations to his shed without a permit from council and in non-compliance with the regulations and guidelines of Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador.
In August 2009, members of the Heritage Fortune Inc. met with the Town Clerk and expressed their concern over the renovations activities, and more particular the materials being used by the owner, requesting renovations cease immediately. Also the owner be requested to obtain a permit, which would stipulate the regulations and guidelines for the type of materials required for renovations or repairs.
Sept. 8, 2009 the Heritage Fortune Inc. was informed by letter from council the owner acknowledged the renovation materials being used were not in compliance with the Heritage Society regulations and guidelines.
The owner informed council corrective measures would be taken in the fall to remove the material not permitted, and future renovations would be performed in compliance with his permit.
The fall has come and gone. To date nothing has been done in respect to the removal of non-qualified materials. The inshore fishing season starts within the next three weeks, obviously nothing will be done again this year.
The members of the Heritage Fortune Inc. are very upset and disappointed with the Fortune Town Council in not exercising its authority under the Municipalities Act with the enforcement of the regulations and guidelines.
It is with great regret the members of the Heritage Fortune Inc. find themselves in a position to inform the council as of the date of this letter they will no longer be responsible for the 'Fortune Fishing Sheds Municipal Heritage Site'.
The endless hours of volunteerism, the thousands of dollars spent over the years for the preservation of the aesthetic, historical and cultural values, the present site associated with the inshore fishery have not been observed and appreciate by council.
The residents of Fortune should realize the significant value of these sheds the physical reminder of times when life was intrinsically linked to the sea, the sheds originally served a vital purpose in a subsistence economy based on the bounty of the ocean surrounding the community.
The structural style of these sheds should not be altered, and residents should make every effort to see no changes are made or 'What will come next?'
Heritage Fortune Inc.
Sally Spencer, Charlotte Piercey
Edwin Piercey, Jo Anne Young