OPP had a busy weekend in Wasaga Beach as an unauthorized rally of cars returned to town, resulting in nearly 200 charges and many business owners frustrated with what they call disrespect .
“Honestly, if they came here and were respectful and closed early and didn’t destroy public property, I wouldn’t have a problem with them coming down,” said Andrea de Rusett, who works at a local bar. and lives on Main Street.
The city is still feeling the effects of the massive rally that took to the streets and parking lots last weekend.
Police say two OPP patrol cars were damaged with officers and a K9 inside.
“The OPP responded to 327 calls for service and laid 191 charges. These were all brought to Wasaga Beach and the main thoroughfares in and out of town. Additionally, three people have been charged with impaired driving,” the OPP officer said. Elizabeth Newton.
Residents and local business owners are appalled by the disturbances, which have caused mischief and burglaries in the community.
“Customers couldn’t get into bars or hotels. People who live on residential streets couldn’t get through. Cops were turning residents away thinking they were joining the crowd,” de Rusett added.
Sandy Haars lives near the Canadian Tire store and believes the rally should have required official approval.
“When we have a show, we have to get a permit. We have to do everything by the books. You can’t even sell lemonade here. You have to have a permit,” Haars noted.
Official car enthusiast clubs are upset that the incidents at Wasaga Beach are damaging their reputation.
In a statement, the mayor of Wasaga Beach said she appreciates the men and women who work for the OPP, but criticized their reaction to the situation.
“We are aware of the mayor’s criticism and comments, and it’s not something I can comment on, but it’s being reviewed,” Newton said.
While residents wonder how situations like this will be handled in the future, the Ontario Provincial Police say the case is far from closed with a series of ongoing investigations.