THE bathing ban proposal for Sardinia Bay ("Council split on bathing ban proposal", September 7) is preposterous and symptomatic of council officials losing the plot.
Sardinia Bay has long been regarded as one of the best bathing beaches in Port Elizabeth, but council's apparent disinterest in clearing sand off the last portions of the public road has severely restricted public access to this wonderful beach – the disabled, very young and very elderly effectively now have no public access.
Many of the reasons put forward by economic development and recreational services executive director Zolile Siswana in recommending the banning of swimming at Sardinia Bay would equally apply to all of our other beaches: break-ins and theft of vehicles, swimming under the influence, litter on the dunes, unattended dogs and dangerous surf conditions.
I was not aware that swimmers were involved in "continuous perlemoen poaching", while Sardinia Bay has no need for ratepayers' funds for lifesavers as it is already ably served by a free, very dedicated and purely voluntary lifesaving club.
Clear the sand off the road, give us back our public access to a fabulous beach and allow us to enjoy this natural gem.
Mike Klee, Walmer, Port Elizabeth