Recreational boating a concern in area of Pasadena beach

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The safety of swimmers along the shores of Pasadena beach is a priority for the town, says Mayor Otto Goulding.

He made the comment when asked about an unconfirmed report that one swimmer had to be helped ashore after the wake from a joyrider on a Sea-doo made swimming difficult for a group of females in the area this past weekend. Apparently a man driving the Sea-doo had been circling the small group of swimmers repeatedly, causing a considerable wake

Goulding said he’d been told of the alleged situation.

A number of people in the area at the time were concerned about recreational boating in the same area as the swimming, and some residents share these concerns. Riders have been operating the machines in shallow water and in the area where people are playing.

Goulding said the safety of swimmers or recreational boating has not been something addressed by council, but he encouraged the complainant to write an official letter to council.

“I think swimmers have to be safe,” he said. “We have been putting a new emphasis on the beach, trying to make things right. If there are things that need to be fixed, and made safe for swimmers, we will do the best we can to do it.”

The mayor said it could be an area where both swimmers and boaters coincide, but only with the utmost safety in mind. If it is an area where boaters are coming or going ashore, it cannot negatively impact the swimmers, he said.

“Swimmers and Seadooers need to use common sense,” he said. “Pasadena beach has been long known for swimming. If they are in that particular area, they really have to show discretion and use a lot of caution — maybe to not even go in that area, because you never know when a swimmer is out there.”

Goulding said it is probably best that recreational boaters not use the area where swimmers are.

Meanwhile, it appears the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Deer Lake were not notified of the alleged weekend incident. Const. Michelle Cormier said there seems to be no record of any complaint. She is also unaware of any previous concerns or complaints in that area.

The officer said, if there was an incident, it is unfortunate there was no report made to police. She said reckless use of such machines is a big concern, with potentially tragic circumstances.

“There is very, very little we can do if they don’t make us aware of it,” Cormier said.

She encourages people to identify the boater or the particular vessel through, so police can investigate.

“Some people take some chance(s) in those things,” she said. “They don’t have the proper safety gear on, floatation devices, and they get too close to other boats and go too fast.”

She hopes lessons are learned before it is too late.

“I pray we will never have a death or anything major happen,” she said.

 

**** Edited July 15 ****

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Pasadena, Deer Lake

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  • Chris
    July 15, 2014 - 12:56

    On a similar note, with the Oasis Bar/Grill now under new ownership, I hope more attention is given to upkeep of the grounds. Over the last several years, the condition and appearance of the general area has left something to be desired. Lawns are rarely mowed and trimmed, grading and dust control in the parking lot/road areas is non-existent other than when the town staff completes it around the special occasion functions , garbage receptacle areas are usually strewn with litter and not emptied enough to keep the contents off the beach (maybe proper commercial outdoor bins should be installed), area around the Oasis building itself is becoming an eyesore with the exposed foundation (lattice skirting originally in place is mostly missing or dilapidated (no doubt due to the spring ice conditions but maybe an alternative is needed to dress it up). I am not sure of the contents within the lease agreement between the town (owner) and the business operator but I would hope there were provisions in place to ensure the grounds were maintained to a respectable manner as this beach is the jewel of our beautiful town, pride of ownership should be mandatory. This is the 3rd business operator since operations being turned over from the town and the maintenance level has been sliding downhill steadily so I hope things start to change. To the town, first of all I applaud your initiatives to purchase the beach groomer (much needed and too costly to expect an operator to supply) but are we as tax-payers on the hook for these other basic duties while the cash-grab of the bar/restaurant all goes to the operators with little regard to upkeep outside? If so, there was a large oversight when the contract agreement was made and I hope it gets remedied when it is up for renewal (still several years away as I think it was a 20 year lease) or at the very least, language written in next time to allow the town to re-assume operations if parties in control are not keeping up their end of the bargain with regards to safety, maintenance, etc. Food for thought... Beautiful spot though but it can be so much more with a little more care and attention to the details!

  • Chris
    July 15, 2014 - 11:52

    With the increasing amount of watercraft on Deer Lake and especially the Pasadena Beach area, maybe it is time for the operators of the beach (on lease from the town) to designate a swimming area by way of rope with buoy markers like years past when it was a provincial park. Likewise, there used to be floating signs beyond the roped area warning boaters to remain outside and slow speeds to prevent dangerous wake. There is ample room for both swimming and boating as long as control measures are in place and common sense is exercised. Enforcement is difficult as mentioned but in the future with plans of a marina on the lake and the popularity of the bar by boaters, passengers, and beach-goers, warnings/reminders of the law against drinking and boating. if left unmanaged, it is only a matter of time.....

  • Chris
    July 15, 2014 - 11:45

    With the increasing amount of watercraft on Deer Lake and especially the Pasadena Beach area, maybe it is time for the operators of the beach (on lease from the town) to designate a swimming area by way of rope with buoy markers like years past when it was a provincial park. Likewise, there used to be floating signs beyond the roped area warning boaters to remain outside and slow speeds to prevent dangerous wake. There is ample room for both swimming and boating as long as control measures are in place and common sense is exercised. Enforcement is difficult as mentioned but in the future with plans of a marina on the lake and the popularity of the bar by boaters, passengers, and beach-goers, warnings/reminders of the law against drinking and boating. if left unmanaged, it is only a matter of time.....