Concrete pad at Lions Club to be removed

PHOTO: Andrew Hudson
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

The Beaches Lions Club plans to remove a concrete pad installed without a city permit beside their clubhouse at Ashbridges Bay.

Club secretary Andy Buhot says the city has asked the Lions to remove the concrete by the end of September.

“They’re insistent on taking it out, so it looks like it’s going,” he said.

The concrete pad was poured early this summer by Toronto WaveRunners, a spin-off of Collingwood’s Ride On Rentals that aimed to tap Toronto’s busy eastern beaches for short-term Wave Runner rentals.

Owner Shaun Talbot said in June that the plan was to store Wave Runners beside the Lions clubhouse and ferry customers east of Toronto waters where no permits from the Port Authority are needed to pilot one of the Jet Ski-type watercraft.

Talbot said the concrete pad his staff poured by the clubhouse was part of the agreement with the Beaches Lions.

Toronto WaveRunners needed a place to build a storage shed, and the club wanted the new dock before Toronto hosts an international Lions convention next year.

But the plan failed in June after the city found out about the cement pad and the prospective sub-lease to Toronto WaveRunners, which violates the terms of their agreement to lease city park land.

Beach Metro News failed to contact Shaun Talbot before press time, but a note on the Toronto WaveRunners website said the company is “temporarily located in Wasaga Beach due to resent flooding causing excess garbage floating in Lake Ontario [sic].”

Ryan Glenn, business services manager with Parks, Forestry and Recreation, said the city is working with the Beaches Lions to make sure the dock is removed safely and without damaging the tree it is built around.

“We’re making sure it’s put back to the state that it was, which was park land,” he said.

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