Resident complaints heard

— The noise and the drinking needs to stop.

That was the complaint of a woman who lives part time near the Port Douglas Beach said at the Aug. 2 meeting of the Chesterfield Town Board.

“In a three-day span, I called the police six times,” Raymonde Grimard said at the meeting. “When they are having fun, that’s fine, but when the groups start coming, they turn up the music in their cars and you cannot hear. They drink and drink when there is no alcohol allowed.”

Grimard said that she was told before she bought the house from the previous owners that there were no problems with the house located near the beach.

“From the first week, we started to have large groups and trouble,” she said.

Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said that he was aware of the situation, and that he had been in communication with Grimard and law enforcement, as well as going down to the beach whenever he had personally been called.

“I was down there quite a few times last year and I have chased them off the beach,” Morrow said. “I know that (Town Board members) Richard (Klages) and Joe (Kusalonis) have also been down there and I sent Steven Johnson one time when I had to go to work.”

Morrow said that the town had placed new signs at the beach prohibiting parking along the guardrails overnight and prohibiting drinking on the beach. He added that in recent weeks, he has noticed that the beach has been cleaner and there have been fewer complaints.

“When I go down there in the mornings, the place is clean,” he said. “I have taken several trips down there over the past few weeks and I have not seen anything.”

Morrow said that he would continue to keep the lines of communication open with Grimard as well as state and county police concerning the matter.

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