Ontario beach bans visitors after influx of garbage and urination from out-of-towners
A beach in Ontario is banning visits from non-locals after residents in the area were left "overwhelmed" by some pretty gross behaviour from out-of-town visitors.
With borders closed due to COVID-19, the Niagara region has become one of the most popular destinations for Ontarians choosing to staycation this summer.
However, an influx of tourists has taken a toll on some residents who live close to Nickel Beach on Port Colborne's east side.
Constituents in the area have complained about beach-goers urinating in public places, as well as dumping garbage from their vehicles before driving off.
"They don’t care if it’s someone’s front yard. Or if kids are watching. They don’t care," City of Port Colborne Coun. Angie Desmarais told Niagara This Week..
"When people have tried to say something, they received hostile comments in response," she added.
Why isn’t the beach open to residents only like Crystal Beach and St. Catharines. The area is absolutely INSANE!!! Car from Quebec, Toronto, everywhere!!Where is the social distancing? City of Port Colborne - shame on you! @fordnation Thank you very much.....not😡😡😡😡👎👎— mary (@mary57940853) August 1, 2020
As a result, Port Colborne council will now be restricting access to all beaches in the area to locals only from Friday, Aug. 28 onward.
BEACHES ⛱️☀️| Effective Fri., Aug. 28, as per Council decision, access to #PortColborne beaches will be restricted to Port Colborne residents only. Beachgoers will be asked for proof of residency. Stay healthy, safe, & cool 😎 as you #PORTicipate 🔗https://t.co/9yciDljH8g pic.twitter.com/ddX7SGOYx4— City of Port Colborne (@PortColborne) August 26, 2020
"This operational change comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of non-resident beachgoers this summer," explained the council in a statement announcing their decision.
In the statement, Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele said that the restrictions are about "protecting our residents, our staff, and our beaches."
Adults who visit Nickel Beach will be required to provide proof of Port Colborne residency when accessing the beach.
The nearby Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach will also be restricted, with security present for the majority of the day to check identification. Fencing will be installed to create one point of entry to the beach.
"This is just another way we can help keep everyone healthy and safe," Steele continued.
"As we navigate operational changes this year due to COVID-19, we are hopeful to welcome visitors to our beautiful beaches again next year."
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