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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sauble Beach Has Closed Back Down

Sauble Beach | by Claire McCormack  

Mayor says the Town was struggling to enforce the walkthrough only rule.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says the Town is closing Sauble Beach again.

The shutdown is effective immediately, but a Facebook post from Jackson says it was a difficult decision for council, but they will close all Town beaches after problems with enforcing the 'walkthrough only' rule.

Jackson says the smaller beaches will also be closed due to worries the closure of Sauble Beach we would push thousands onto the smaller beaches.

In the post she says, "We hope this closure will be temporary. As you know, we set out a few weeks ago to open the beach in phases, like everything else in the Province."

Jackson says council wanted to see if people could adhere to COVID-19 related restrictions and guidelines, and had aimed to open the beach completely for the July 1st long weekend.

She says, "Many people witnessed the recklessness of beachgoer’s over the last 2 weekends. Only one other weekend did I receive that many complaints, but this year, the situation was exacerbated by the tiny beach we have."

She adds, "Most of our residents followed the rules and we thank you for that but the day trippers flagrantly defied our restrictions and took over many parts of the beach."

Jackson says the Town's enforcement team was struggling to stop people from setting up on the beach. She says they had six officers who wrote 28 of the 91 tickets in total.

She says bylaw enforcers have been taking criticism for not enforcing the beach rules but adds, in their defense, they're six people working with 4 kms of beach.

She also says the OPP have had trouble helping out due to their own need for more officers.

She says the Town plans to reach out to the Minister of Community Safety, Premier Ford, MPP Bill Walker and the Solicitor General in an attempt to get more OPP coverage.

Jackson says "Council is incredibly worried at the thought of 60,000 visitors to our tiny beach over the long weekend and how that would inevitably affect our community during this global pandemic."

She says the Town still expects to see large numbers over the long weekend, but but hopes to reduce the number of visitors with 'pointed messaging' to the GTA.


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