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Council approves obstacle course for zipline business

Petty Harbour’s North Atlantic Ziplines found no obstacles from St. John’s city council Monday night, as councillors approved the business’s application to develop a wilderness race obstacle course.

But the course faces opposition from two Petty Harbour residents who say the zipline business shouldn’t have been allowed to go ahead in the first place.

North Atlantic Ziplines’ application says the course — which will be near the municipal border of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove — would run under the existing zipline with two trails deviating slightly, and a portion of it would lie within a flood plain.

“This portion will be left in its natural state with no development in this area,” notes the application.

But a written objection from Dawn and Roland Denief of Petty Harbour claims there are “ongoing land issues” between them and the company, but doesn’t specify what the issues are.

“The zipline should have never been able to be put there either, along with the obstacle course due to the facts and the flood plans and flood plain buffers,” wrote the Deniefs.

Coun. Wally Collins said he wasn’t sure council could approve the application until the land issue was resolved, but Dave Blackmore, the city’s director of building and property management, said no documentation backing up the couple’s claims has been submitted.

“We wouldn’t see any reason to stop it unless somebody came forward with something to verify that there is an issue,” said Blackmore.

Council approved the application, subject to all applicable city requirements. The Deniefs could not be reached for comment.

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