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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Better Long Weekend For Litter In Sauble

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

Mayor still wants stiff fines but says this past weekend was better than Canada Day.

Nothing but high marks for the way people handled themselves at Sauble Beach during the Civic Holiday long weekend.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says the issues the town faced when 150,000 people came to town on Canada Day weekend, did not happen this past weekend, when again, tens of thousands visited the community.

Jackson says she's thrilled about how the weekend played out with town staff going the extra mile to make sure everything went smoothly.

She says police patrolled the beach on ATVs and the waters by boat to make sure rules were followed.

Jackson says, even some residents took time to police the beach, reminding visitors to not leave any garbage behind.

The mayor says she couldn't be happier with the cooperation but still, she and council, want some deterrents for those who don't obey the rules and ruin it for everyone.

Council, at its regular meeting August 7th, has directed staff to apply to the Crown Law Office asking for approval to increase littering fines on the beach to $600 from around $130.

Jackson says in addition they hope to put the fine at  $400 for BBQ'ing on the beach or having your dog on the beach.

She says although they can't levy that kind of fine yet, you are advised there is a bylaw in place now that should you get caught littering anywhere else other than the beach in Sauble, you can indeed be fined $600 or more.

Jackson says plans are in place to be ready for the Labour Day holiday weekend, should it be necessary.

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