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Jul. 31, 2021 | Saturday
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Town repairs damaged breakwater but area still closed
A failed rock groyne at Ball’s Beach was repaired during the weekend. (Ron Simkus photo)

The Balls Beach stone breakwater is repaired but not yet cleared for public use, says Lord Mayor Betty Disero.

After a prolonged closure when part of the breakwater – known as a groyne – collapsed into Lake Ontario, repair teams were brought in to haul the heavy stones out of the water on Saturday.

Repairs were complete by Monday, Disero said.

But the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will not be opening the area for public use until an engineer has inspected the site. Disero hopes that is done before Canada Day.

The repairs are a temporary measure and more work likely will need to be done in the future.

“I suspect this will last us the summer,” Disero told The Lake Report.

The breakwater at Balls Beach was constructed in 2020. Its collapse could result in litigation between the town and Rankin Construction Inc., which built the breakwater.

“There’s discussions ongoing. I’m sure we’ll get a report at our next committee of the whole,” Disero said.

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