Unclaimed cottage lots put back into draw

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Nearly 60 area cottage lots that were won but not claimed last fall have been put back into a provincial draw. The bulk of the properties are adjacent to Cranberry Portage, though there are some at Big Island as well as Twin Lakes, located between Bakers Narrows and Cranberry Portage. Harley Jonasson, Director of Lands for Manitoba Conservation, said it's unfortunate that some lot winners opt not to claim their prize, potentially taking away coveted property from those who may truly want it. "But we roll them (the lots) right over into the next draw, so people (can try) again," he said. Jonasson said there are various reasons people refuse to claim a lot they've won. He said that members of the same family will often submit individual entries to increase the family's odds of winning. Since they only want a single lot, other properties they win go unclaimed. In some cases, he said, people have their heart set on a certain lot within a development and walk away from the arrangement if they can't get it. Other times they realize they can't afford the lot or change their mind, he added. The only penalty for winning but not claiming a lot is that those involved aren't reimbursed for their $100 application fee. Manitobans have until July 21 to enter this latest draw to apply for the lease or purchase of 797 lots across the province. Over half are re-entered lots. After the names are drawn in Winnipeg this August, a lot selection meeting will take place at which winners select individual lots from a given development based on the order their names were picked. Applicants who were not selected in previous draws are able to re-apply, provided they meet eligibility requirements. Flin Flon Region In the Flin Flon-Cranberry Portage region, the available lots consist of: See 'Summer' P.# Con't from P.# Twenty-five lots at First Cranberry Lake Ð eight lakefront lots for $16,000 each and 17 back tier lots for $3,500 each. Twenty lakefront lots at Lake Athapap "D" East Arm, Cranberry Portage for $14,000 each. Six lots at Twin Lakes Ð one lakefront lot for $16,000, one lakefront lot for $14,000 and four lakefront lots for $10,000 each. Three lakefront lots at Lake Athapap "B" North Arm for $24,000 each. Two lakefront lots at Big Island Lake Site 1 for $5,000 each. One lakefront lot at Lake Athapap "A" Boathouse Bay for $28,000. The latest lot offering means the province has fulfilled a promise to offer 1,000 new cottage lots across Manitoba. "By achieving our commitment to offer 1,000 cottage lots, we are giving the most Manitobans ever a chance to fulfill their dreams of summer cottage living," Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said in a press statement. Struthers added that cottage development contributes to the Manitoba economy. "By opening these new properties to public use, the cottaging program will generate $86 million in investment in the province and continue to promote Manitoba's image as an affordable recreation destination," he said, adding that about one in eight Manitoba families owns a cottage. Details of the lots and upcoming draw are available at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/cottaging. Information and application forms can also be obtained at all Manitoba Conservation offices, by telephone at 1-800-214-6497 or requests can be e-mailed to cottaging@gov.mb.ca.

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