By Barb McKay
Kincardine is exploring ways to maintain the Blue Flag status at
The municipality’s recreation department hosted a public meeting last Thursday evening at the Davidson Centre to talk about how to keep the prestigious Blue Flag status while still allowing recreational activities. The status is in jeopardy because strict criteria does not allow activities such as surfing and jet skiing in areas where people swim.
Kincardine is quickly becoming known for its excellent surf conditions and is attracting surfers from all over
Recreation supervisor Jason Schildroth attended the public meeting and said it was well attended. The group reviewed concerns and suggestions that were brought up at a previous meeting.
“These meetings are about opening dialogue with the community,” he said. “We’re trying to make sure communication is open between all groups who use the beach.”
One possible solution to keeping the Blue Flag status would be to designate an area for swimming at Station Beach and rope it off, preventing water sports from being carried out in that area.
Schildroth said a task force is being formed to look at all possible options and he is hoping people with an interest in the issue will come on board. The next public meeting is Nov. 21 at in the seniors’ room at the Davidson Centre.
“We’re looking for as many people as possible to come out,” he said. “We had a great turnout (last week), but we are really looking for some diverse opinions on this.”