Port Stanley, June 14th, 2019 - Today the prestigious Blue Flag was raised again for the tenth
consecutive year on Port Stanley's Main Beach. Doing the honours of raising the
2019 flag this morning were Mayor Sally Martyn, Deputy Mayor Tom Marks, Ward 1 Councillor
Colleen Row, Ward 2 Councillor Dennis Crevits and Andy Gates owner of GT's. People
around the world look for the Blue Flag when choosing a beach to visit. The Blue
Flag for Main Beach in Port Stanley means that the beach is clean, sustainably managed,
meets safety and accessibility requirements and has excellent water quality.
The Blue Flag is awarded on a yearly basis and is only valid as long as those standards
of water quality, safety and services, environmental management and education are
The idea of Port Stanley having a Blue Flag beach began from a vacation trip to
South Africa that the late Central Elgin Mayor Sylvia Hofhuis took. She found out
that in order to receive a Blue Flag, beaches must meet international standards
in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety
and services. Having that Blue Flag designation for Port Stanley's Main Beach was
an important project that was finally realized on May 24th, 2010 when the first
Blue Flag was raised.
Behind each Blue Flag is a community of people who recognize the importance of protecting
their beach for the benefit of the people who enjoy it and for the environment.
The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defense and is managed
internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).