“A battle is brewing in the village of Lions Bay, B.C., where some residents want to block beach access to people from outside the seaside community.
Lions Bay Beach Park is a picturesque destination with waves from Howe Sound breaking on the sand, two barbeques, manicured grass and a playground. A group of residents complained to village council last week that too many outsiders are using the space and argued for it to be “locals only.”
The push for more exclusivity comes where the average house price is more than $1 million, with a gated waterfront home going for more than $3 million.
“Of course it should be resident-only, we pay the taxes,” said Lions Bay resident Kambiz Azordegan. “The visitors come here and they never behave.”
– from ‘Lions Bay beach ban divides residents’, CBC, 19 Sep 2011
[Hat-tip to Zerodown for bringing this article to our attention, and who added “Guess where I’m going this afternoon?”]
The debate regarding restrictions on Lion’s Bay beaches appears to rage on, here’s a May 2012 pdf:
‘Moving Forward with Lions Bay Beach Parks’