Despite Western Forest Products having raised concerns over the usage of Canal Beach as a public beach, city manager Ken Watson said the beach will remain open to the public for now.
According to a letter sent to city council, “Canal Beach is subject to restrictive covenant limiting the use of Canal Beach solely for industrial or commercial uses.”
WFP, which holds a lease over plywood lots A and B, which are just to the north of Canal Beach (formerly plywood lot C) asked the city to sign an agreement that will release WFP from any liability for “any injury to person or persons, including death…. any damage to or loss of property” and any legal action resulting from environmental concerns, including the release or alleged release of any contaminants into the water that comes as a result of using Canal Beach as anything other than an industrial or commercial site.
City council directed staff to meet with WFP regarding their proposed agreement.