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Port Lorne shoreline gets facelift with help from many hands


PORT LORNE - It was all hands on deck again Sept. 16 as Port Lorne residents were determined to help the environment and make their shoreline both attractive and safe for young and old to enjoy. 

Sept. 16 marked Day 3 of a clean-up operation involving community volunteers who worked tirelessly once again to remove old timbers, many of which had been there for 50 years or more.  

Fierce winter storms and hurricanes have far too often ravaged Port Lorne's wharf, shoreline, and fish sheds. Old timbers with spikes protruding were a risk for adventurous youngsters. Plastic and coils of rope along the shoreline could mean death for aquatic life if they washed back into the Bay at high tide.

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It was time to do something about these hazards and a group of community volunteers went to work.

The wharf and beach area is located just down the Port Lorne Road from the new community park established in the fall of 2016 with the planting of 1,000 read and white tulips for Canada's 150th anniversary. 

The park and beach area now draw visitors from all over the world. Visitors will be pleased to know that two new areas are being created for safer parking. Up to 40 cars have lined the wharf road on special occasions like Canada Day.

Although much has been achieved after filling four dumpsters with debris, there is still more to be done.  Future plans include the removal of even more timbers, the creation of off-street parking, signage, and the restoration of an historic winch house once used to haul fishing boats from the water for repairs. 

However, funds are running short. If you would like to help by supporting this community endeavour, please contact Bill Linley, treasurer, Port Lorne Preservation Society at 902-584-3003 or email bill.linley@gmail.com.

Article by Marilynn Linley for The Spectator.

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