Now that it appears at long last that spring and summer may be imminent, some concerns and complaints about White Rock beach are raising their ugly heads:
• Parking police. I recall a couple of years ago it was proposed a $50 fee for a non-resident parking sticker. It was reported to be received as too expensive. My solution, make it $100 and continue to collect $3 an hour from the occasionals.
• Dogs on beach and promenade. Allow leashed dogs on both. Feces not cleaned up by owner, $1,000 fine. It is a serious health hazard.
• Smoking on beach and promenade – $500 fine. Health hazard.
• Apparent school-age groups were observed, while visiting, playing on the railroad tracks. Also, adults accompanying them were observed smoking in an illegal smoking area. I don’t know what an appropriate sanction would be, but as a parent and taxpayer, I would not employ the responsible adults involved.
The beach and promenade is a treasure. Let us treat it as such and deploy the resources being expended on parking-infraction enforcement to the customers of the beach businesses, on the infractions that damage the beach experience.
Bob Holden, White Rock