After this year’s floods destroyed numerous docks in the Okanagan, changes began to take root in Kelowna, pushed by members of the public looking for better beach access.
Docks were seen being rebuilt with stairs, as part of legal standards allowing them to be built along the foreshore.
Brenda Bachmann, a life-long Kelowna resident, said the beach access being blocked by the extension of docks and fencing, has long been a source of irritation to local residents.
“Someone would get up once in awhile and talk about it and then it would die off,” Bachmann said.
Her initial idea was to walk along the shoreline herself with a camera and film herself confronting the illegal public beach access obstructions; then she opted to simply fly a drone with a camera along the shoreline and film it.
“I really think the drone video online started to generate a lot of interest, and that was prior to the unfortunate flooding that has since taken place,” she said.
During the event, she said she would like to see the local MLAs take action.
“Why is it that for decades has this been allowed and why has no one done anything about it?”
The goal with the walk is to bring the issue to light with annual events, said Al Janusas, spokesperson with Pandosy Lakeshore Active Neighbourhoods of Kelowna.
“To that end, we hope there are going to be changes between now and next year and we hope to make this an election issue in the 2018 (city) election.”
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