OSWEGO, NY – At Monday’s (July 6) Physical Services Committee, Tory DeCaire, police chief, requested authorization to again close Sheldon Beach (north end of Sixth Avenue) during Harborfest.
The council approved the closure last year in response to the massive amount of junk and debris left behind following a raucous unauthorized party in the area during Harborfest 2013.
“We had some problems out there two years ago,” the chief said. “We closed it off last year and it worked out very well as far as not having any problems. We actually ran a chain fence across the entrance and we had signage, also.”
The area will be closed from 7 a.m. July 23, through July 27 at 7 a.m., the chief said Monday night.
On the night of the fireworks (July 25), at 7 p.m., the Police Department will allow access only for viewing of the fireworks and will close the site at the conclusion of the fireworks until Monday (July 27) morning.
The police department has the authorization to enforce applicable trespassing laws.
Careful monitoring of the area by city police and members of the SUNY Oswego University Police will be scheduled and in place during Harborfest weekend,the chief said.
The request was first broached at the committee level in June 2014 by Councilor Mike Todd.
“The amount of garbage that was left down there (in 2013) was awful. There were couches, chairs – everything; they completely trashed that beach. They had to actually call the DPW and private people to come down there. It was weeks before the (garbage) was all out of the water,” Councilor Todd said last July.
At one point, there had to be 500 to 600 kids down there, he added.
The full council will vote on the matter at its July 13 meeting.