06/18/2012 07:21 EDT | Updated 08/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Province to rehabilitate ailing beach

The provincial government is trying to nurse an ailing beach near Glace Bay back to health.

Dominion Beach is popular with locals, but it has been battered by nature over the past year. The province asked residents late last year to fill out a survey on their concerns about the beach, how often they use it, and what they think should be done to protect it from future storms.

Joe Ellsworth, a longtime resident of Dominion, visits the beach every day. He says it's only a matter of time before the north winds batter the beach again.

"My only solution for this would be armour stone laid down properly to save this entrance," said Ellsworth.

"Now, as far as the rest of the beach goes, I don't think there's enough money in Canada to do what should be done. But there's gotta be something done."

Deputy Premier Frank Corbett represents the area in the legislature. He says provincial government is committed to the beach's long-term future.

"Dominion Beach is smack dab in the middle of my constituency, and I want to see that restored to its true

luster," he said. "And so we're willing to work as hard as we can with everyone to move that forward."

The Department of Natural Resources will unveil its plan for the beach in a community meeting in Dominion next week.