EDITORIAL: Residents divided over barriers

It would appear there are mixed feelings towards the City of Vernon’s barriers at Kin Beach.

It would appear there are mixed feelings towards the City of Vernon’s barriers at Kin Beach.

An online poll at vernonmorningstar.com shows that just over half, 56 per cent, of the 200-something respondents are in favour, while 43 per cent are opposed to the barriers.

The city lined the concrete blocks along Lakeshore Road in July to prevent vehicles from driving onto the sandy shores of the beach. It was a co-operative approach taken to clean up the Okanagan Indian Band portion of Kin.

With vehicles no longer littering the sand, there is obviously a lot more room for families to safely enjoy the water.

But now the vehicles are littering the road.

Cars are parked bumper-to-bumper alongside Lakeshore Road, congesting the area and creating a safety hazard.

At the time of installation the Okanagan Indian Band said: “the safety of beachgoers is paramount to us.” A sentiment that was echoed by the city.

It was thought that by removing vehicles from the beach, the potential for injury would also be removed.

But now, all the cars along the roadway leave little room to spot a small child who might dart out across the road on their way to a day of fun in the sun.

So while the city and Indian Band have done their part in the safety equation (and plans are in the works for proper parking), for now it’s up to the rest of the public to fill in their share. That means using extreme caution, whether you’re a motorist, or a beachgoer while in the area.

With summer in full swing, all local beaches are busy, and the last thing we – the media – want is to report on any avoidable accidents.