Wasaga Beach police presence intensifies this summer

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The official start of summer is just days away, and Wasaga Beach police say they’re ready with an increased presence for the first unrestricted summer since 2019.

Provincial police say there will be ‘zero tolerance’ and ‘consequences’ this summer following last year’s incidents at the popular destination.

A year ago, in two separate stabbings, a Mississauga man died in Beach Area 1, and days later two 18-year-old men were hospitalized.

Over the past two years, thousands of people have come to town for unauthorized car rallies, prompting police and regulation to show up in force.

Provincial police officers gather in Wasaga Beach, Ont., Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, ahead of an unauthorized rally of cars over the weekend. (Rob Cooper/CTV News)

For the local fire department, it’s business as usual, with Fire Chief Mike McWilliam reminding everyone to take every precaution while enjoying a day at the beach.

“Watch for those offshore breezes when you’re on the beach and don’t go out on inflatables or paddle boards if it’s really a strong offshore breeze because you just won’t come back.”

Police, the city and Ontario Parks have teamed up to prepare for the expected influx of visitors.

The OPP says it is beefing up foot, ATV, motorcycle and water patrol officers.

“There will be zero tolerance for impaired driving or any illegal activity in any area of ​​our community,” police said.

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