No sign but beach still closed
THE closed sign might have been removed at Port of Airlie’s Boathaven Beach last weekend but it is still not open according to a Meridien spokseperson.
Eager beachgoers, who have been long-awaiting the opening of the beach, flocked there to sunbake, swim and play on the sand. But large holes are prominent in the sand at the edge of the beach from storm erosion which the spokesman said needed to be repaired before the official opening.
"There was a date set but then a storm hit and it has been pushed back," he said.
He also said Meridien was having difficulty securing an opening date because a number of officials, who were planned to open the beach, couldn’t make their diaries coincide.
Council mayor Mike Brunker said he assumed the sign informing people the beach was closed was taken by someone but this didn’t mean the beach was open.
"It is the responsibility of Port of Airlie," he said.
"We haven’t taken over the beach yet."
The beach opening has been delayed since its original opening date was set in August 2009 with a string of hold-ups including the installation of the stinger nets and other safety-related issues.
When it is officially opened, the 240 metre beach will offer people a swimming and recreational area near the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
The Port of Airlie Marina is now open and people with a berth permit can now use this area.