Govt. Reminds Of Public Beach Protocols

July 9, 2014

The Department of Parks is reminding the public of its policy on waste disposal and collection and horse-riding on beaches, outlining the rules and regulations in place for both as the summer season gets underway.

A spokesperson said, “The Department of Parks collects trash Monday through Friday, and on Sundays. Unfortunately there can be a build-up of trash overnight, and into the morning as the crews do their rounds, but the Department makes every effort to collect the garbage in a timely manner.

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“The seaweed on the beach is a natural occurrence, and is part of the dune building process. The Department of Parks is unable to rake Warwick Long Bay to bury the seaweed due to the loose consistency of the sand, which makes driving on and raking the beach with a tractor impossible. We must rely on tides and wind to move or bury the seaweed.

“With regard to horse waste, during the period of May 1 to October 31 in any year, no person shall take or ride a horse on the beaches in South Shore Park, John Smiths Bay Park, Elbow Beach Park, and Shelly Bay Park, but may take or ride a horse on all other public beaches below the high water mark between the hours of 5.00am and 8.00am.

“Warwick Long Bay Park is part of the South Shore Park and therefore no horses should be in this vicinity. The Department of Parks has recently received complaints about horses on the South Shore beaches, including the riders requesting the swimmers to leave the water at Jobsons Cove, and are actively investigating these to ensure compliance of the National Parks Regulations.

“The Department of Parks thanks the public in advance for its cooperation and assistance.”

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  1. Here's an Idea says:

    Perhaps the Dept of Parks can consider opening up dog parks (even with a small man-made pool or pond for them) like they do in some other countries – hygienic for adults & especially kids at play in playgrounds, parks and beaches…and some more spaces for horse trails/parks too.

    • Lizbeth says:

      Let’s do everything that is done elsewhere.

  2. PBanks says:

    The trash overflow at Warwick Long Bay last Saturday morning was disgusting, as was walking around the horse droppings.

    Parks should consider an early Saturday shift, so that people using the beaches don’t have to experience that.

    As for the horses, maybe some rangers need to be more present to book those violating the policy (or at least cleaning up after their animals or something).

  3. Tough Love says:

    Natural occurrences are embarrassing? For who?

  4. PBanks says:

    It’s probably less the seaweed itself, but if there are lots of flies congregating around it, then that could be a bit of a pain to deal with as a beach-goer.