EDITORIAL:Beach plan requires a push

More needs to be done to make Lakeshore Road properties open to the public

Good on Vernon Coun. Catherine Lord for pushing for more action on public beach access on Lakeshore Road.

The lots that have already been developed, although broken up by private homes, are welcome options for local residents and guests alike to spend some quality time at Okanagan Lake.

Although only semi-developed there are benches, grass area and beach available for public use that adds to an inventory that is somewhat lacking in the North Okanagan.

However, it could be so much more as the city has purchased adjacent properties in recent years without the  follow-up necessary to convert them into  what most would consider a full-fledged beach.

Apparently six of the nine city-owned lots are adjacent to each other which should be enough room to develop a quality beach for locals and tourists alike, as well as possibly provide a catalyst to further develop the area both commercially and residentially.

Although it may be too late to see any improvements for this summer season, we look forward to staff’s report next month so yet another season doesn’t go by without any action.

Of course financial considerations have to be taken into account, however it makes little sense for the city to purchase expensive lakefront property for public beach access without making that same property available to taxpayers.