No fences here

Province quashes idea of in­stalling fences at fa­mous site

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE - BY MICHAEL MAC­DON­ALD

The Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment has firmly quashed the idea of in­stalling fences on the large, smooth rocks at Peggy’s Cove, say­ing the bar­ri­ers wouldn’t de­ter thrill-seek­ing gawk­ers from get­ting too close to the ocean.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mark Furey, speak­ing af­ter a Thurs­day cab­i­net meet­ing, said the gov­ern­ment will in­stead in­stall new warn­ing signs in re­sponse to two re­cent in­ci­dents of peo­ple fall­ing into the rough surf.

As well, Furey said the gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing in­stal­la­tion of a fence around a nearby park­ing lot that tourists use, say­ing the fence could guide them to­ward the warn­ing signs.

“Un­der no cir­cum­stances would we ever con­sider plac­ing a fence out on the rock por­tion of Peggy’s Cove,” said Furey, a for­mer Moun­tie. “My ex­pe­ri­ence is that peo­ple go over and around those bar­ri­ers.”

Peggy’s Cove is fa­mous for its land­scape of stark gran­ite boul- ders, crash­ing At­lantic seas and post­card-per­fect light­house. But the rocks can be slip­pery and rogue waves have been known to sweep on­look­ers into the ocean.

Ear­lier this month, a 26-yearold On­tario man was res­cued af­ter fall­ing from the rocks. The Moun­ties say he was in the ocean for 10 min­utes be­fore he was pulled from the churn­ing wa­ter by the crew aboard a nearby tour boat.

In April, a 25-year-old man from On­tario was swept off the rocks and wasn’t re­cov­ered.

The two in­ci­dents prompted a wave of com­men­tary on so­cial media, much of it hurl­ing abuse at peo­ple from out­side the province who are un­fa­mil­iar with the fickle moods of the sea.

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