The Southampton Beach Association and the Southampton Property Owners’ Association (SPOA) joined forces in 2002.
In 2004, the name was changed to Southampton Residents Association to better reflect the aims of the Association in serving all residents in the former Town of Southampton.
The goal of combining the two associations was simple: it was in response to a demonstrated need to create a larger critical mass organization that can more effectively act as a collective voice to represent property owners in the former Town of Southampton in three ways:
- Identifying and communicating local ratepayer concerns to the council and staff of the Town of Saugeen Shores and other governments and organizations monitoring the actions of those parties to ensure Southampton property owners’ concerns are addressed and acted upon in a manner that does not prejudice the best interests of Southampton property owners and, in particular, does not prejudice such interests in favour of property owners in other wards of the municipality.
- Advancing the interests of Southampton property owners by proactively identifying, studying and working with the council and staff of the Town of Saugeen Shores and other appropriate governments and organizations to develop and actively participate in initiatives that will promote the uniquely small-town, lakeside community of Southampton as an important and integral community within the amalgamated Town of Saugeen Shores.
- Working cooperatively and productively with the council and staff of the Town of Saugeen Shores to ensure appropriate planning for and development of the former Town of Southampton within the Town of Saugeen Shores.
The Association is a member of Heritage Canada.