Wasaga Beach slashing amount of waterfront parking spots and closing sand-covered Beach Drive due to crowding

"I was appalled by what I witnessed," says Town's Mayor

The Town of Wasaga Beach is taking further steps to reduce opportunities for people to gather by closing off the sand-covered portion of Beach Drive and reducing the number of available parking spots by half. This comes after the “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some beach-goers, according to the town’s mayor.

Wasaga Beach council voted to approve the closure of a section of Beach Drive during a special meeting on Thursday afternoon. It is expected the section of sand-covered roadway will be closed by next Thursday. The number of beachfront-area municipal parking spaces has been reduced by 50 percent, effective immediately.

“The complete disregard for physical distancing at the beachfront on Canada Day and during the last two weekends in June was totally unacceptable,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said. “People know what the rules are and yet they clearly ignored them all for the sake of a day at the beach. I was appalled by what I witnessed and we are taking steps today to control what we can.”

The town also approved the writing of a letter to the OPP asking for additional police resources in helping to enforce provincial orders at Beach Area 1 and 2. A letter is also being sent to Ontario Parks, asking it to close its beaches as well.