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Sunday November 15th, 2015

Posted at 9:43pm

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Due to damage from strong waves and winds, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has permanently closed the parking lot at Hillman Marsh’s South Beach due to significant erosion and related safety issues.

“Studies estimated that portions of the Hillman Beach shoreline are eroding at a rate of 1.280 metres or 4.2 feet per year,” said Tim Byrne, Director of Watershed Management Services. “Over 2014 and 2015, multiple storms have resulted in damaging waves impacting shoreline infrastructure and eliminating sections of the barrier beach shoreline. Additionally, the erosion has made the trees that grew on this beach front unstable as the soil around their roots is washed away and no longer exists resulting in more than100 hazardous trees.”

There is presently an alternative access point to the beach from the North Beach parking lot. However, as erosion continues on this beach, this publicly accessible area will eventually need to be closed as well, once the parking lot disappears and trees become hazardous.

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