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OPP, Bylaw Officers Ramp Up Enforcement at Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach | by Matt Hermiz  

OPP are hearing complaints about drinking, smoking & barbecuing on the beach.

Expect an increased number of bylaw enforcement and provincial police officers patrolling Sauble Beach this long weekend.

Grey Bruce OPP say complaints have been coming in from the community that people are using the beach with disregard for laws and bylaws that are in place.

Police say the top complaints received have been related to the following activities on the beach area: drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco or cannabis and using a barbecue.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says the town has always had bylaw issues on the beach in the summertime due to the sheer volume of people that visit annually.

"We're partnering with the OPP for this weekend," Jackson explains. "They'll be walking the beach and patrolling together with (town bylaw officers)."

She says the town has been working with the OPP for several years to implement different ways to enforce bylaws. Last summer, OPP officers patrolled the beach on ATVs. 

Jackson says this year the high water levels have prevented ATVs from being utilized, but police officers are still monitoring the beach on fat-tire bicycles.

OPP say during the Canada Day long weekend officers charged multiple people with having open liquor on the beach.

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