Published on July 18, 2013
Visitors to Middle Cove beach will soon see some changes. The Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove is beefing up security and maintenance, and adding lighting, signage and portable washrooms. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Published on July 18, 2013
A family visiting Middle Cove Beach last week with a young child were met with this sight. The trash included everything from smashed bottles and beer cartons to used condoms. Now the town is looking at ways to ensure the beach is kept clean, including monitoring several areas. — Submitted photo
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.