By PATRICK BRENNAN
ST. THOMAS TIMES-JOURNAL
PORT STANLEY — They’ve seen the blue flag flying proudly over Main Beach last year and visitors this summer will see it fluttering in the breeze shortly.
The flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict international criteria, including water quality, safety and environment practices.
It’s awarded by Environmental Defence, a Canadian organization that works to inspire change by “connecting people with environmental issues that affect their daily lives in their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods,” its website states.
Central Elgin administrator Don Leitch said the right to fly the blue flag is a source of pride.
“It’s a source of pride for our employees and the community,” he said.
As such, the municipality is planning a flag-raising at a yet-to-be-announced date.
Leitch said it probably won’t be on the same scale as last year’s ceremony — the first year Central Elgin won the award.
“We are the only beach on Lake Erie to fly the blue flag,” he said.