Town council had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss how they can make the popular Middle Cove Beach cleaner and safer for visitors.

John Kennedy, the mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, said they have to increase security patrols and garbage cleanup.

"We've for the past number of years been increasing both our cleanup and our security and lighting at the beach," Kennedy said.


The mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove says the council is going to boost the amount of security and clean up on the beach to make it safer for visitors. (Cecil Haire/CBC)

"We decided that we're going to let the public know exactly what we've been doing, because we haven't been doing a good job of publicizing the stuff that we did at the beach."

According to Kennedy, the situation at the beach hasn't necessarily gotten worse, but it has become more visible through social media.

Kennedy said the town doesn't want to discourage people from visiting the beach, but he wants to make sure people who go there in the nighttime are more aware of the mess that they leave behind.

"We want the public to be aware that, by all means, come down to the beach, enjoy yourselves, have a party, but take your stuff with you when you're going," he said.

"Be mindful of the fact that during the daytime, it's mostly small children and families down there, and we're really trying to ensure that no one gets cut or hurt."

Kennedy said the town hasn't received any direct reports of people being injured, but they have heard stories from other people.

He said one of the big things the town is looking into is the possibility of a washroom facility.

"One of the other complaints that we had was the bathroom facilities so, on a trial basis, we're going to be installing Porta-Potties. Our long-term plan is for a full-scale washroom down there, but the problem that we've got is the space constraints on the beach."

Kennedy said the town has a limited budget and it would be a big bill to install a full facility, but it's on council's wish list for the future development of the beach.

The beach will soon have extra lighting installed to make it easier to see in the area during the night.