Sand for Summerside

City awards con­tract to ship in, spread sand on Summerside beach­front

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE -

The City of Summerside has awarded a con­tract to Cur­ran and Briggs Ltd. to re­me­di­ate sand at Green’s Shore.

The con­tract is worth $25,000 and stip­u­lates that the com­pany will trans­port, dump and spread out 1,300 tonnes of sand on the city’s main beach­front.

A re­quest for pro­pos­als was is­sued for the work and Cur­ran and Briggs was the sole re­spon­dent.

This most re­cent work fol­lows 1,800 tonnes of sand that was dumped on the beach in 2014, to re­me­di­ate what had pre­vi­ously been washed or car­ried away since the last time sand was added, in 2007.

City staff also in­di­cated that more sand will have to be spread on the beach on an an­nual ba­sis to keep lev­els at the bench­mark.

The irony of pay­ing for sand that is, in all like­li­hood, go­ing to even­tu­ally wash out to sea was not lost on coun­cil­lors.

How­ever, given the beach’s es­thetic promi­nence in the city for tourists and lo­cals alike, as well as the added ben­e­fits of odour re­duc­tion and preven­tion of shore­line ero­sion, the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Com­mit­tee ul­ti­mately ap­proved staff ’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove the con­tract. Coun­cil passed the rec­om­men­da­tion dur­ing a spe­cial com­mit­tee meet­ing Tues­day night.

Keep­ing in mind that main­tain­ing sand lev­els on the beach will be an on­go­ing con­cern, coun­cil­lor Brent Gallant floated the idea of tak­ing sand from the ex­pan­sive sand­bars al­ready in the har­bour, rather than truck­ing in new sand from some­where else on the Is­land, as a sen­si­ble long-term op­tion.

How­ever, even he con­ceded that get­ting the per­mits to do so might not be pos­si­ble.

Di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices, JP Des­rosiers, didn’t im­me­di­ately shoot down the idea, but did strongly em­pha­size the re­quired en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit­ting and how dif­fi­cult they are to get.

“I do know that get­ting the per­mits last year for the first round of sand re­me­di­a­tion was quite ar­du­ous – it took about four months … we had to get pro­vin­cial and fed­eral per­mits,” he said.

TC MEDIA

Crews work to clear sea­weed from the beach along Green Shore ear­lier this month. So far this spring, 70 truck­loads of sea­weed have been re­moved from the beach.

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