Sauble sees record crowds again but ready this time

Much better reports coming from Sauble Beach after another record-setting long weekend.

Heat alerts issued by Environment Canada throughout the Civic long weekend meant tens of thousands of people flocking to the Lake Huron shoreline to beat the heat. 

But this time South Bruce Peninsula was ready. 

Mayor Janice Jackson told Dock News on Friday, they brought in more of just about everything from additional OPP officers and town staff to porta- potties and garbage bins.

It seems to have done the trick.   

Mayor Jackson told local media the weekend went off virtually without a hitch and the biggest complaint appeared to be a lack of parking close to the beach, which of course, is expected. 

Jackson says if these kinds of crowds are going to be the norm in summers to come, the next council will have to think long and hard about ways to generate more revenue so that the cost of brining in additional staff and other resources does not fall on residents' shoulders in the form of higher taxes.

She says they may have to consider increasing parking fares.

Volume at the town's end of Sauble was also higher after Saugeen First Nation closed their end of the beach to the public in late July in response to the problems they faced during the record Canada Day long weekend. 

Only SFN residents were permitted on their 5km stretch of sand.