Cot­tage owner says he’s just try­ing to take care of the beach

Dept. fills in ditch in­side T’Rail­way bound­ary

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

Cot­tage owner Charles Brake, who owns land near Codroy Pond, spoke with The Gulf News via tele­phone on Aug. 2.

Re­gard­ing the dis­pute over ac­cess to Codroy Pond, he con­tends he is only try­ing to take care of the beach.

“I’ve seen it over the years. Peo­ple let­ting their kids go in the wa­ter and they’re in­tox­i­cated on the beach. To me that’s not be­ing re­spon­si­ble,” Brake said.

He says fires are left unat­tended too close to the woods, ATV users of­ten race up and down the beach and beach­go­ers leave trash and bro­ken glass be­hind. He be­lieves the area has be­come un­safe as a re­sult.

“It’s gone out of hand now.” Brake re­futes sug­ges­tions he has threat­ened peo­ple.

“No. Not true,” he says. “I haven’t said one word to any­body about any­thing.”

Brake says so far no­body has of­fered to buy the dis­puted land, but he would be will­ing to dis­cuss it.

“Yes, un­der the con­di­tion that the pond be cleaned up. I haven’t had the chance to go down there and drag the glass to the sur­face. Over the years we’ve been pick­ing up buck­ets of glass along the beach.”

He did con­firm the ac­cess road was still dug up, and he had no im­me­di­ate plans to change that.

“It’s go­ing to re­main dug up un­til the beach gets cleaned,” said Brake, who noted peo­ple have even been defe­cat­ing on the beach. “It’s been 11 years and the last seven years it’s been in­creas­ingly worse.”

In re­sponse to in­quiries, Eric Hum­ber, Man­ager of Me­dia Re­la­tions for the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment to The Gulf News via email: “On Aug. 8, 2018, a ditch was found within the bound­ary of T’Rail­ways Provin­cial Park. The ditch did not im­pede traf­fic in the T’Rail­way but did en­croach the outer bound­ary of the park. Park staff ad­vised the cabin owner that the ditch would need to be re­paired. On Aug. 9, 2018, the ditch was re­paired.”

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