In Sorrento, a group of beach walkers have brought up a concern about waterfront owners docks blocking their ability to walk along the beach during the fall and winter. This particular discussion 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 and requires walkers to jump up onto the docks to continue, or walk up onto the dock owners private property to get around the dock. This is not a concern for most docks in most areas but the reality is that we waterfront owners do not own the beach, and we must provide easy passage for those who wish to use it. It's the public's right.
How do we fix this? Make a passage. Docks secured with poles (piles) need to have a section that is removable and should be moved out of the way in the fall and replaced in the spring. Docks that are dragged or rolled up onto the beach need to make sure there is an easy passage around the dock at the upper or lower end. We also have to ask the dock companies, who often do the work of taking docks out of the water, to make sure there is a reasonable walking path along the shoreline. Years like last, where the fall water level rose 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 we're getting now.
As waterfront owners we have to take responsibility to provide those who wish to walk the beach, 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.
CBC Kamloops article
Sorrento Residents Concerns
Regional District Response