Blooming Point Beach is very soon to become one of P.E.I.’s hardest beaches to access. It already has a 1,000-foot walk that makes carrying kids, chairs, tents, blankets and food almost prohibitive. Throw in the evening mosquitoes, and the fact a growing number of people just cannot handle the distance due to physical and health conditions and access becomes almost impossible. Lets make something clear. On P.E.I. the public roads are 66 feet wide unless designated by a court decision or covenant to be otherwise.
I have been going to Blooming Point Beach for almost 40 years, and have never seen cars park outside what would be a 66-foot corridor. Most cars are six feet wide.
Allow a two-car drive-through and you could park eight cars without disturbing the natural surroundings. I realize you cannot have a road and natural space occupy the same spot and all problems have been solved by widening the hard surface to the full 66 feet and provide for angle parking near the turnaround. Apparently the Department of Highways had volunteered to do this in the past but was prohibited from doing so.
Why are they not in charge of this anyway?
How about we bring the safety issue into play one more time. The narrowing plan (as it is currently evident) will see throngs of people walking back to, or from, the parking lot in the center of the road and cars heading to the turnaround area having to inch past them. It’s just a matter of time before an inattentive child or pet is hit or killed by a vehicle by this new “safety first” plan. And what about the disabled person looking for a closer spot? Why not just discriminate against them and tell them this beach is for the able-bodied only? And why was public input not requested to resolve any perceived problems?