The P.E.I. government is making more changes to public access at one of the province's most popular beaches.
Plans are being put in place to change the access road to Blooming Point Beach. While extremely popular, the beach is not a provincial park. The area around it, however, is owned by the province. It is a designated natural coastal area and is protected under legislation.
"We are really trying to balance public access with conservation at this point," said Kate MacQuarrie, director of forests, fish and wildlife with the province.
The province created a larger parking area for the beach in 2010 and most people are using it, said MacQuarrie, but some are parking off the end of the roadway in the sand dunes and along the access road, which is causing environmental damage.
"What we are going to be doing is narrowing up the access road at Blooming Point, so it will be wide enough for emergency vehicles but not for people to park on either side of the road, and creating a turn around again for emergency vehicles."
The turning space will also be available for people to be dropped off at the beach.
On-site signage will make clear what is and is not allowed. The changes will be made over the next few weeks.
MacQuarrie said other options, including closing the road altogether for all traffic other than emergency vehicles, may be considered if the problems continue.