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LETTER: Seasonal Tiny cottager wants beaches to be enjoyed by all

'Beginning about 15 years ago, the conflict over access to the beaches adjacent to Balm Beach has been an ongoing issue with many ugly incidents,' writer notes
2020-09-17 ap
Tiny's kilometres of sandy beaches have created divisions between those living near the water and those who do not. Andrew Philips/MidlandToday

Midland Today welcomes letters to the editor. They can be sent to andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter concerns a recent story entitled Fight for beach rights making waves in Tiny Township.

Dear Editor

I want to thank you for your recent article on the continuing issues with respect to access to beach areas in Tiny Township.

Our family lives in Bolton, Ontario. Since 1966, our extended family has rented cottages in the Georgian Bay area. More recently we have rented property on Wymbolwood Beach.

Beginning about 15 years ago, the conflict over access to the beaches adjacent to Balm Beach has been an ongoing issue with many ugly incidents.

We understand that waterfront cottage/property owners have concerns about preserving this wonderful area.  At the same time, we understand why local residents feel that they should have access to the beach areas especially when they are long-term residents and have been able to do so with some limited success for years.

They should have access and should not be subjected to harassment. Weekend and summer visitors should equally have access and should take their/our responsibilities seriously to preserve the beautiful natural environment while visiting.

We will return to Wymbolwood this summer.

We support those wishing to have public access to an environment that should be open to all. This also means that people have to act as responsible citizens and show respect for others and their concerns.

Thanks for the article.

Joe Grogan

Bolton