The Band has erected a temporary barricade at the Main Street entrance to Sauble Park. There is a sign indicating that “vehicles are prohibited due to high water levels and loose sand“. Those ignoring this will be “subject to penalty”. The Beach access at Silver Lake Road is also temporarily barricaded but has a gate and a sign with the same wording. Security is on site and admitting no cars including those who have beach only access to their cottage. Only service vehicles are getting through. The lake is too high at French Bay Road for there to be beach access in either direction, north or south. French Bay Road runs into the water. There is no beach there. The Band has placed a large log across the road.
There are some garbage cans and portable toilets placed near the outlets. The beach is too soft or too narrow to service them everywhere.
There were a number of people on the beach yesterday who were parking along 2nd Ave near Silver Lake Road. There have been no additional no parking signs installed along 2nd Avenue or other roads near the beach.
Band leadership is aware of the issues and SCOI has communicated its concerns to the Band and to CanCom who will be responsible for Beach security. At this late date we have asked the Band to focus on getting the beach closed to vehicular traffic (which they have done) and to assist in making accommodations for those cottage owners who have beach access only cottages.
We understand that they are working on a way for beach access cottagers to get to their cottages. This is currently a work in progress. The process of closing the beach has been pretty fluid, but things are quickly taking shape. So if you are a beach access only cottager we would ask that you approach your neighbours about parking and access to your cottage if other accommodations are not in place when you arrive. And if you are one of the neighbours, please be as accommodating as possible. If we hear more about access we will post it here.
Many cottagers have been expressing concerns about lack of access, cars still driving recklessly on the Beach and no garbage cans and garbage not being picked up. Our view is that, even with the Beach closed to vehicles and with nice weather forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there will be an significant influx of day visitors to the Beach. There will be illegal parking, trespassing, garbage on the beach etc.
We ask that you cope with the situation. The Band is on the right track with closing the beach to cars and we want to provide as much support to them in this situation as we can. Getting angry with visitors, Band staff or CanCom officers will not be helpful.
We would like to remind everyone that the Beach is a public place, which means anyone (including other cottage owners and day visitors) can set up on the beach in front of your place. However, if people are parking in or blocking your driveway, trespassing by cutting through or defecating on your property, please remind them that what they are doing is illegal. If that doesn’t work, please call CanCom (519-379-4760) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and report the infraction and your location.
Reporting illegal parking along roads this weekend will probably be a waste of time given all the other things that will be more important.
We are all blessed to be cottagers here and we enjoy a great relationship with the Band. It’s a long weekend and the weather is going to finally be very nice. We have lots to celebrate for Canada Day.
A reminder that the OPP put out a hypothermia warning last week. Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are very cold (away from the shore, as cold as 3C). So for those using kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, windsurfers and kite boards don’t venture too far from shore.
We wish you an enjoyable weekend.
- barricade at the Main Street entrance
- barricade at Silver Lake Road
- large log across the road at French Bay Rd entrance.
- garbage cans and portable toilets placed near the outlets
- no additional No Parking signs have been erected
- Band are working on a way for beach access cottagers to get to their cottages
- the Beach is a public place, which means anyone (including other cottage owners and day visitors) can set up on the beach in front of your place.
- if people are parking in or blocking your driveway, trespassing or defecating on your property, please
- remind them that what they are doing is illegal.
- If that doesn’t work, please call CanCom (519-379-4760)
or email email@example.com