Along our beautiful shorelines, here in Oak Bay and in the CRD, some people who happen to own property along our publicly owned foreshore (below the high tide line, in almost all cases) have slowly been stealing our public foreshore beaches and rocky areas.
Natural beauty has been destroyed with illegal paving, the building of walls and fences, placing no trespassing signs below where they actually own, or through other ways of preventing access or deterring people by trying to trick them into thinking the foreshore is their private property when it isn’t.
The District of Oak Bay and the CRD needs to ensure that further theft of the public foreshore and other public areas will not happen and should make efforts to see that current structures that were illegally placed are removed.
There is also a need for improved beach access and signage.
These areas are for all of us and not just a few.