Consultations underway to protect the seven beaches of Gaspé from delinquent tourists

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GASPE, QUE. – The City of Gaspé is showing foresight by launching public consultations this week on the future uses of the region’s beaches.

Throughout last summer, hordes of tourists washed up on the region’s beaches without good manners, according to local authorities.

Some holidaymakers have occupied spaces not intended for camping, such as on the beaches themselves, leaving their waste behind, while threatening fragile ecosystems.

Some set up their tents in protected wetlands.

Gaspé MP Meganne Perry Melancon demanded that the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) dispatch a greater number of patrol officers to the scene in charge of cracking down on delinquent tourists.

She also asked for a budget to be released by the CAQ Quebec government to allow the most affected Gaspé municipalities to hire security guards responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations.

For his part, the mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté, called the situation hell.

Côté says the behavior of summer 2020 is not expected to happen again this year.

He announced that discussions are underway with the government for the transfer of legal powers.

Côté invites citizens to fill out a questionnaire, the answers to which, to be provided by March 21, will help the City orient its priorities for action to better supervise and supervise the various uses of the municipality’s seven beaches.

The City of Gaspé has mandated the Gaspésie ZIP Committee to conduct consultations aimed at gathering the opinions of residents and beach users.

– this report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 10, 2021.


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