Brock Township is once again restricting access to the Beaverton Harbour and all municipal beaches with the reintroduction of a pass program.
Much like last summer, access will be limited to residents only via a free pass offered by the municipality as of June 10.
In bringing forward a motion at Monday’s meeting, Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble said that limiting access was a means to prevent overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re hoping this will keep our residents safe over the summer,” she said, noting that she heard positive feedback about the program last year.
The pass program was unanimously approved after a fair amount of debate, with Mayor John Grant, Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill and Regional Councillor Ted Smith (who seconded the motion) expressing concerns.
“The majority of lakefront municipalities are not restricting access to residents only,” Mayor Grant said, though some have implemented increased parking fees for non-residents.
Passes obtained in 2020 will be accepted, while new and replacement passes will be available at the tourism kiosk at the Harbor.
Proof of residency, such as a driver’s licence, is required.
“Passes need to be kept accessible as random spot checks will be conducted,” reads a notice from the Township.
“Each pass will allow a maximum of six people to enter the area at the same time. For each pass applied for, families will be provided with two passes to use for their family.”
The tourism kiosk is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Monday.
Passes are not required for the boat launch.
The program will be reviewed by council once monthly.