Designated swimming area off Pasadena beach expected: mayor

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Swimmers and sunbathers gather on a section of Pasadena Beach in this July 2013 file photo.

The Town of Pasadena is taking steps to further ensure its beach area is safe for all its users.

The town council met Monday evening, and the safety and cleanliness issues were discussed, Mayor Otto Goulding says.

Some residents and visitors to the town have expressed their concern about recreational boating in the area of Pasadena beach, which is frequented by swimmers. Speeding all-terrain vehicles and motorbikes near the beach and the neighbouring area of Lakeshore Drive has also been a worry.

The freshwater beach is a popular gathering place in the summer season, and has a restaurant and bar — The Oasis — located on it. The cleanliness of the surroundings has also been called into question.

Goulding previously stated safety is a priority for the town, and was aware of complaints. There were also reports of reckless driving of watercraft such as Sea-Doos, including one incident whereby a young woman had to be helped ashore by bystanders who noticed her in distress. She was one of four females enjoying themselves in the water as a two-seat Sea-Doo repeatedly circled them at high speeds. When the wind picked up, the foursome had some trouble swimming back to shore.

The mayor said the town received an official report of the incident from a witness, and will forward that to police. He said council and staff now plan to meet with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to see what avenues can be taken to further ensure a safe environment.

“Police have been in the area,” he said. “As you can appreciate, and I’m sure the public appreciates, to catch somebody on an ATV or watercraft is not an easy thing to do. It can become unsafe. If you start chasing, you can cause an accident.”

Goulding said the town is currently getting the materials it needs to put a designated swimming area in place. It is expected to soon be roped off in hopes of creating a safe zone for swimmers that is free of any watercraft.

The mayor said increased signage about boating and swimming safety, as well as more speed limit postings along the area of Lakeshore Drive, is expected to be a starting point.

With regard to the cleanliness of the beach, the mayor said it is generally a clean area. He said there is a partnership with the Pasadena Lions Club to assist with cleanup. However, as with many busy areas, it is nearly impossible to keep the beach clean at all times, according to Goulding.

Meanwhile, the mayor took exception to many of the points raised by Pasadena resident Terry LeDrew in a letter to the editor which appeared in The Western Star on Monday.

“The impression that was created was this is the state and condition of the beach all of the time,” he said, referring to uncleanliness of the beach. “That is not correct, and a bit mean-spirited to leave that impression.”

He said the letter was “over the top” on a lot of issues the town is dealing with. Many of the concerns are typical of what most municipalities deal with, according to the mayor.

“We take it serious, and we take a lot of pride in that beach,” he said. “By and large, I think most people would be very pleased with the product.”

Organizations: Sea-Doos, Pasadena Lions Club

Geographic location: Pasadena, Lakeshore Drive, Western Star

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  • beachdog
    July 24, 2014 - 20:57

    not for rent.pasadena beach was recently closed to the public.the beach was off limits to the locals and visitors,security was hired to prevent anyone from the beach area,the entrance was blocked with huge rocks to prevent one to drive through.vechicles had to drive across a lawn to access the beach that was not patroled by security.the beach and access to it was taken over for a private function.so the rights to your beach was taken from you and visiors alike,what are the chances that Pasadena beach will be up for sale next.not as rosy as the mayor makes it out to be. Comments on this article are dead on.council must insure the beach is a great place to visit and improve the whole area,every one wins.it is the jewel in Pasadena,make it shine bright again

  • george p b
    July 24, 2014 - 13:40

    I took the time to read Terry D. LeDrew's letter...so many good points that I suggest the mayor is mad at the messenger..."Goulding said the town is currently getting the materials it needs .... It is expected to soon be roped off ...." Mayor Goulding it's the end of July & summer swimming is over in 3/4 weeks...Uh IMHO this should have happened when the first complaint arose a few years ago.... I lived on Lakeshore Drive 1980's and 1990's... Underage drinking on the Beach? you betcha...And I did supply my son with beer to drink responsibly around the bonfire...Always ALL bottles came back, and the kids did not seem rowdy... It's as they recognized when they a good thing going... Somewhere along the way things have gone awry ... A good tort lawyer will bring Oasis down for over serving watercraft operators when a major accident happens...Notice I said when & not if...

  • Chris
    July 24, 2014 - 09:23

    While I applaud the town's efforts to remedy the safety of this beloved recreation area, as a taxpayer I have to question why "we" should be footing any bills for signage (other than on roadways), ropes for swimming area, etc when the beach area is leased to a private firm that is operating a profitable business on that land. Also, I strongly disagree with the mayor's comments about the "exaggeration" of the area's cleanliness. Most other small municipalities don't have a restaurant/bar directly on the beach like in this case and that business is selling 95% of the products that produce the garbage that ends up on the beach and shores that Mr. Ledrew is talking about. A walk on any given day could back up this claim as even the garbage bin areas (eyesore themselves) are strewn with litter as well as along the beach directly in front of the Oasis deck. If these bins were being emptied regularly, much of these items would not be making it to the shores of Deer Lake. I understand that wind is an issue for blowing items from the tables on the deck but as the wind cannot be controlled, maybe the items utilized by the business should be carefully considered to take these things into account and some regular clean sweeps before it accumulates down wind! Finally, it's worth mentioning that the lawns are rarely cut leaving something to be desired when it comes to "first-impressions" of the beach-goers.