Cottage owner says he’s just trying to take care of the beach
Dept. fills in ditch inside T’Railway boundary
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.”