Gaspé holds consultations on how to protect its beaches from tourists

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The mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté, said last year’s tourist influx was hell for his city and will not be repeated this year.

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GASPÉ – The city of Gaspé has launched public consultations on the use of the region’s beaches.

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Last summer, the region was overwhelmed by hordes of tourists who lacked manners and did not respect the surroundings, according to local authorities. They have camped in places not designed for camping, like beaches, leaving rubbish behind and threatening fragile ecosystems. Some have set up tents in protected wetlands.

Méganne Perry Melançon, Member of Parliament for Gaspé, demanded that the Sûreté du Québec send more patrollers to deal with delinquent tourists and that a budget be opened to help Gaspé municipalities to hire more security guards to enforce regulations. rules.

The mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté, said the situation was hell for his city and would not happen again this year. He said talks are underway with the government to transfer more legal powers.


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