Community group looks to province for better beach enforcement

According to a local lobby group, the government isn't doing enough to help maintain public access to Kelowna's beaches.

Al Janusas of Pandosy Lakeshore Active Neighbourhoods, or PLAN Kelowna, says the city and province have done a great job north of the bridge, but not so much in the stretch from City Park south to Mission creek..

"There's a series of small to medium-sized parks in there, but unfortunately in between those parks, there are dozens and dozens of docks, fences, walls, and other obstuctions that prevent people from walking along the foreshore,"

"We want to see Natural Resource officers enforce the existing laws that guarantee access to the foreshore for Kelowna residents, and visitors here."

He says the Ministry of Natural Resources is in charge of making sure there's access, but he's been told they're short-staffed..

"That's why we're hoping to make it an issue in the upcoming provincial election. What we'd like the provincial politicians who are running for office to commit to, is to hiring more Natural Resource officers."

He says the group plans to raise the issue at an all-candidates forum at UBCO on April 4th.

Meantime, the city has put aside $150,000 to develop a long-term shoreline management plan in partnership with the province.