Un­sure shores

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Some Glace Bay res­i­dents con­cerned about erod­ing coast­line.

GLACE BAY— Some res­i­dents of Glace Bay feel the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity could be do­ing more to help them in a sit­u­a­tion that ba­si­cally is wash­ing their prop­erty away.

Brian Shaw of North Street said the coast­line at the end of his street is wash­ing away.

“There is the same prob­lem on Wa­ter Street.”

Shaw said about eight years ago when the is­sue of ero­sion was brought up, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity helped. He said the pub­lic works depart­ment would save ma­te­ri­als left over from work such as con­crete slabs.

“They would take use­able ma­te­ri­als and drop them over the bank here.” “Ob­vi­ously it worked be­cause those ma­te­ri­als are still there now.”

How­ever, he said he has con­tacted lo­cal coun­cil­lors but says he was told they are re­fus­ing to do this any­more.

“This is a cheap fix for a se­ri­ous prob­lem. They are pay­ing to truck th­ese ma­te­ri­als to go dump them, when they could help fix a se­ri­ous ero­sion prob­lem here.

“It is clean con­crete, we have per­mits to al­low this, yet they truck it out at cost.”

He said there is an ero­sion prob­lem at Do­min­ion Beach as well, how­ever, the coun­cil­lor there is fight­ing to save the beach.

“I ap­plaud Dar­ren Bruckschwaiger. He has ef­fort­lessly worked at fix­ing that beach up.”

Danny MacDon­ald of Glace Bay, found walk­ing along the bank by North Street, said he had a friend liv­ing in that gen­eral area who moved 20 years ago be­cause of con­cerns over the erod­ing coast­line.

“It is a shame, but noth­ing can re­ally be done, it is Mother Na­ture at work.

“Some of th­ese banks are 50-80 ft. high, how are you go­ing to re­build them? You can’t. When they are gone they are gone.”

Coun. Lee McNeil said she has checked into the pos­si­bil­ity of putting the rem­nants from construction work over the bank in the North Street area.

“We are not al­lowed to just toss things into the ocean any­more. I def­i­nitely looked into it and I was told be­cause of all the reg­u­la­tions out there now — this be­ing the 21st cen­tury — you just can’t do things like this any­more.”

Ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity is mon­i­tored by all agen­cies — reg­u­lated by both lev­els of gov­ern­ment, she added.

“Maybe at one time you could, but not any­more.”

McNeil said ero­sion is hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where along the coast­line. She said the South Street beach is los­ing a foot ev­ery five years.

“I talked to mu­nic­i­pal staff and they are baf­fled just like me. It is just an act of God and a price you pay for liv­ing on the coast­line I guess.”

Sharon Mont­gomery-Dupe - Cape Bre­ton Post

Many home­own­ers liv­ing along the coast­line in Glace Bay — such as the area of North Street and other side streets in the same area — are wor­ried about the con­tin­u­ing ero­sion of the coast­line.

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