Port hires security for Trestle Beach
Trestle Beach is now monitored by security personnel, the Port of Columbia County announced last week.
The port contracted with a private security firm to monitor Trestle Beach starting June 2.
Gina Sisco, the port's spokesperson, said the decision to hire security was because of people ignoring posted trespassing signs and accessing surrounding areas that are not included in the Trestle Beach Recreation Area.
"There have been a number of instances of people ignoring the posted trespassing signs and climbing and jumping from the dock, pilings, and barges that are tied up there," Sisco said. "This is primarily a safety concern, as we don't want anyone to get hurt, and also a concern for our industrial tenant there, whose business is being disrupted."
"There have also been numerous calls to the local police dispatch recently, and the security personnel will be there to help assist in preventing future disturbances," Sisco added.
Sisco said the problems that prompted the security contract "are ongoing issues that come up every summer at Trestle Beach."
The port is initially piloting the security program for the month of July.
"We know that Trestle Beach is one of the few accessible river access points for people in St. Helens and Columbia County, and we want to continue to keep it available for the public to enjoy."
The gate to the parking area is locked from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the summer. "Often people don't leave before the gate is closed and end up getting their cars locked in, which we are trying to avoid."
The Trestle Beach Recreation Area is located in Columbia City, off Pacific Street.
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