Holiday makers who plan on pitching tents illegally along Jeffreys Bay’s beachfront will be in for a nasty surprise this week. The town’s law enforcers have adopted a zero tolerance approach to illegal camping, which is a big problem particularly on New Year’s Eve.

Kouga municipal spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall said public open spaces at Pellsrus and Paradise Beach were the major problem spots, but that the municipality, in conjunction with the police, have put in place extra measures to ensure that these areas would not be transformed into impromptu camp sites by visitors.

“A boom has been put up at the picnic site at Pellsrus and no cars will be allowed to enter this area. The Duine Road entrance to Pellsrus will also be closed to vehicles from December 31 to January 1. Alternative parking will be available at the Pellsrus Sportsfield, as well as at the community hall and across from the Billabong Surf Village.”

She said volunteers from the local Neighbourhood Watches would be patrolling the Paradise Beach picnic site over the New Year’s weekend to ensure revellers here also complied with the by-law that prohibits camping at public open spaces.

Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are also helping the police and the municipality’s law enforcement and traffic officers to patrol hot spots.

“There will be patrols on the beach daily from 10am to 6pm between Dolphin Beach and the Walskipper Restaurant. Volunteers will also help to patrol the Aston Bay road from 8pm to 4am to help ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists,” Randall said.

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