Bracebridge Urges Beachgoers To Wear Water Shoes While At Area Beaches
The Town of Bracebridge is continuing to monitor area beaches and is actively engaged with the OPP to support their on-going investigation into incidents of debris found in the water and on the beaches.
The town says they have been conducting regular inspections of the Town’s beach and park areas, including in-water swimming zones by 2 to 3 staff using a methodical grid patterned scan. Beaches in the rural areas of the Bracebridge are also being inspected on a regular basis.
The town is reassigning full-time and summer student staff from other regular duties to support beach inspections and maintenance; undertaking whatever preventative measures are recommended by the OPP including:
- Use of portable metal detection equipment
- Use of a community volunteer to conduct beach and park inspections
- Use of Scuba Shack volunteers for in-water inspection of Kirby’s Beach; and
- Use of a mechanical beach rake and tractor.
Despite these extensive efforts, small amounts of glass and other debris have sporadically been found by staff and members of the public. At this time the OPP have been unable to determine that the materials have been deliberately placed at the beaches. Their investigation is on-going.
As a precaution, and to avoid any potential for injury, the Town of Bracebridge recommends that beach goers consider wearing water shoes while in and around beach and swimming areas.