Episodes of vandalism plague communities

Brodie Thomas
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There are more reports of vandalism coming form all over the southwest coast.

This recently constructed picnic table was burnt by vandals at Murray’s Beach in the Codroy Valley last week. Citizens are planning a beach cleanup on Aug. 2

Earlier in July, the problem was reported at a playground in Burnt Islands

This week, vandals burnt a hole in a picnic table in the Codroy Valley and tore up a wooden rail on a public walking path in Rose Blanche. There was also at least one incident in Port aux Basques.

Tammy Farrell is the town clerk in Rose Blanche. She said the railings on Big Bottom trail were torn up and thrown down sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

The vandals destroyed about 25 feet of railing, and the repair cost is pegged somewhere between $500 and $1,000.

“I was very upset,” said Mrs. Farrell. “It’s a quiet community. There’s not even many youth here anymore.”

She said some of the destruction took place just outside occupied homes. It bothers her because so many seniors in the community depend on the trail to get around town.

She said the railing was well maintained.

Codroy Valley

In the Codroy Valley, recreation committee chair Chantelle MacIsaac already had plans in the works for a cleanup at Murray’s Beach when someone burnt a picnic table there.

The brand-new picnic table, along with a wooden garbage can, had been put there by the Codroy Valley and Area Development association just weeks before.

They have since picked up both items.

“I’m hoping through donations we can put some metal garbage cans there,” said Ms. MacIsaac.

The plans for a Thursday morning beach cleanup on Aug. 2 are also getting a lot of support online.

“A lot of people have told me they’re willing to help out,” she said.

They hope to clean up much of the broken glass which keeps young families away from the once-popular swimming hole. The beach is now mainly frequented by teens.

Scott’s Cove Park

At the Port aux Basques town council meeting on July 17, Mayor Brian Button told council that a vandal had cut holes in the sail backdrop at the Scott’s Cove Park music stage.

He said repairing it will be costly, but they will repair the damage.

“Nothing looks worse than an item like that which is all patched up,” said Mayor Button. “If they’re caught, we plan as a town to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. They will pay the price.”

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Organizations: Area Development association

Geographic location: Codroy Valley, Rose Blanche, Port aux Basques Burnt Islands Cove Park

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