Dear Grand Bend residents, keep it down
Grand Bend cottagers getting a reminder to keep it down during the busy summer season.
Lambton Shores has been trying to find ways to keep the partiers – especially those renting cottages for the weekend – at the Lake Huron hotspot from slipping out into the streets and bothering the permanent residents.
Last year, it stepped up bylaw enforcement in the area and Mayor Bill Weber says things improved slightly. “Generally, the comments I got back were that things had improved with the enhanced bylaw enforcement…some of the owners had better control of their property,” says Weber. “Overall, many saw a marked improvement.”
But the municipality’s Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee thought there was room for improvement. It composed a letter which will be sent to all residents of Grand Bend.
“In a tourist area, such as Grand Bend, there are many visitors to our area and visitors are required to adhere to the regulations as well. If you are renting or loaning your property to others, as the property owner, you are responsible for behavior of your guests, and could be charged under the by-laws as well as your guests,” reads the letter. “The Bylaws regulate items such as the size, location and time for “open air burning”, restricts noises that are ‘likely to disturb residents’ at any time of the day, and regulates when fireworks can be purchased or discharged.”
While the municipality has never sent out a letter like this, but Weber says the concept of homeowners taking responsibility of their guests isn’t a foreign one. “It’s fairly standard if someone is at your house and they have had too much to drink and they go out, they (the authorities) can come back on you,” he says. But the mayor isn’t sure how the letter will be received.
“I think some people will look at it and some people will throw it out,” Weber says. “Some people will put it up on their fridge and say ‘There is the number we can call when there is a problem.’”
– Heather Wright