In Sorrento, a couple of residents have brought up a concern about waterfront owners docks blocking the ability to walk along the beach. This is due to WF owners bringing their dock up on to the beach in the fall and blocking most, if not all, of the beach front, and requiring walkers to jump up onto the docks to continue, or walk up onto the dock owners private property to get around the dock. They've taken their concerns to the CBC and yesterday (Oct 31, 2016) there were a couple of interviews on the Kamloops CBC website and radio.
This is certainly not a concern for most areas but a few dock owners may be causing this problem. As we all know, the reality is that we do not own the beach, and we should provide easy passage for those who wish to use it. This particular discussion (as described in the Sorrento Residents Concerns interview) describes a dock of roughly 150 feet that blocks the shoreline from the property line to the water line. I'm sure we've all seen some docks that create a similar problem. Understandably, this makes it difficult to walk easily along the beach.
How do we fix this? Just a little common sense. Sure it's not as easy to take one section of a dock and put it on the beach beside the rest, but it's the right thing to do. We also have to ask the dock companies, who actually do the work of taking many of the docks out of the water, to make sure there is a reasonable walking path along the shoreline. Years like this, where the water level has risen about a half meter since the start of October, make it difficult, but in general if we give this some thought when pulling the docks out, we can avoid negative controversy.
As waterfront owners we have to take responsibility to provide those who wish to walk, the ability to do so, without unnecessary difficulty. The alternative is to have more rules and regulations put in place that would require us to do that. No one wants that to happen.