Cleaning up the coves

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Beaches will see new maintenance hours, light, washrooms

The Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove is taking measures to clean up the sand, rocks and reputation of its two public beaches.

In short order, according to the town council, visitors can expect to see portable washrooms, new lighting, signage, bolstered security and less garbage as a result of additional maintenance at the locations.

The steps are being taken in response to an increasing number of complaints on the safety and cleanliness of the summer hot spots.

The measures were recommended at a town council meeting on Tuesday by Coun. Brad Power and Deputy Mayor Craig Dyer.

They also follow a July 13 story in The Telegram, in which Arlene Mullins described her experience at Middle Cove Beach, out with her daughter and granddaughter on a Thursday afternoon. Mullins said she had to keep her four-year-old granddaughter from a favourite play area due to the presence of broken glass and garbage.

Power has volunteered time patrolling the beach and said Mullins’ story was not something new to the town, with “bad apples” ruining the experience of other visitors  more than once in the past.

“Most people are very, very respectable,” he said.

Mayor John Kennedy said the town’s latest action was necessary, considering reports of broken glass, nails and other metal pieces, amounting to a health and safety issue.

“We’re not just sat on our hands listening to people talking,” he said of the council.

“Any time that we’ve had complaints, we’ve addressed them.”

The town has a standing contract for beach security, for 3 1/2 hours a night. The plan is to “intensify” security shifts, the town’s manager said.

At Middle Cove Beach, a new light pole will be installed to illuminate the area of the parking lot closest to the beach, where steps from the lot lead down to the beach.

“We put in a new pole last year at the middle of the parking lot,” Power said, explaining a second light was considered then.

Currently, the town has someone making the rounds to the Middle Cove and Outer Cove beaches once a day, mainly to empty garbage bins.

“He will be provided extra hours to actually go down on the beach and do a more detailed cleanup,” he said.

Two summer students working with the town may be sent out to assist with cleanups.

The new security and maintenance measures are expected to cost the town about $5,000, including about $3,000 for the new light.

Power said access to the beaches cannot be closed off as an alternative to the seasonal boost in security and maintenance measures. That said, the town will look at more permanent solutions to problems at the beach for the coming years.

Geographic location: Logy Bay

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Recent comments

  • jaydee
    July 19, 2013 - 09:36

    As a long time resident of Outer Cove, I know the council does everything in its power to keep the beaches clean. Howeverthey can't be there 24/7. Its everyone's responsibility to clean up after themselves. That way when the next people come its clean for them.

  • A visitor
    July 19, 2013 - 09:31

    We visited Middle cove last week around 6:30 pm - 10:30 I got to say it was pretty good we didn't see a lot of garbage around at all ,we did burn our garbage but we did not burn our plastic bottles nor should you we just bagged it up and took it with us.It was fun no trouble 18-20 fires burning.I would say the drinkers and the party people show up much later when families leave.Yes a portable potty should be put in place also you need a hand rail put near the steps walking down to the beach me having a disability I had to hold on to my husband because there was nothing to hold on to.If I was by myself I would have never been able to go down there,but once down I just set up my chair at the bottom of the steps because it is very difficult to walk the beach but I was happy just to be there with my kids.

  • Burn Litter
    July 19, 2013 - 08:39

    I can't understand how people can have garbage or litter left over after a beach fire. Unless it is metal, burn it as according as you make it.