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Larry Moran, chair of the Kenwood Isles Area Association, said the issue has often been presented as wealthy residents against misbehaving teens.
“There is an impression that we all eat caviar for dinner,” said Moran. But he points out that the people most affected are those who live in modest homes along the woods.
After Monday’s meeting, Moran said the board will draft a resolution asking the Minneapolis Park Board to either close the beach altogether, or at least after 6 p.m. He’s well aware that closing the beach would keep law-abiding citizens away, while the people who don’t follow the law might still sneak into the wooded area.
Closing it “would make it a black-and-white issue,” allowing police to ticket violators for trespassing, Moran said. “I think it would be unprecedented to close a beach.”
Either way, it’s a short-term problem. Moran said what’s needed is a long-term solution, which may include making the beach more attractive to families, with classes or athletic facilities or kayak rentals.
The proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit project, which is so controversial in this neighborhood, could also influence beach development.
“We have the opportunity with Southwest LRT to create a new normal at the beach,” Goodman said.
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