MUSKOKA — Filling shore lands without a permit can cost you.

Desmond O’Kelly of Oro Medonte and Michael Welsh of Huntsville appeared in the Ontario court of justice in Bracebridge on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and pleaded guilty to unlawfully filling shore lands without a permit.

The court heard that as a result of a complaint, a conservation officer conducted an investigation into shore lands work that had occurred on Tasso Lake, northeast of the Town of Huntsville. It was determined that between July 2016 and May 2017, O’Kelly contracted Welsh to complete a landscaping project on his property, including along the shore lands and waterfront portion. The shore lands were infilled without the authority of a work permit.

Justice of the peace Cheryl McLean found the two men guilty and each received a fine of $2,500 under the Public Lands Act.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds the public that work permits are required for any work on shore lands.

To report a natural resource violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).