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Canadian clothing manufacturer fined for illegal dredging

News // March 10, 2017

CTV News in Canada reports that a judge in the Bahamas has fined a Canadian clothing manufacturer US$50,000 for violating a court order to stop dredging near his beachfront home.

The environmental group Save the Bays, which brought the case against Peter Nygard, calls the ruling "an extraordinary triumph for environmental justice in the Bahamas."

In a statement, a lawyer for the group says Supreme Court Justice Rhonda P Bain found Nygard in contempt of court for violating her 2013 order to stop the dredging.

Lawyer Fred Smith says Nygard has nearly doubled the size of his property over the years by digging up sand and placing it along his beachfront.

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