Over the past week, I’ve had many people ask if I know anything about an upcoming party at Haserot Beach planned by Old Mission Living Magazine. I did not, but upon further investigation, I discovered that there was quite a bit planned for this gathering, including food catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, alcohol provided by Shorts Brewery, and boat rides provided by Walstrom Marine.
(Note that Old Mission Gazette, the online newspaper you’re reading, is not associated with or affiliated in any way with Old Mission Living Magazine, a print magazine run by Hannah Bouwmeester, who lives in Rapid City. Old Mission Living is a franchise of parent company, N2 Publishing, which is based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Edited to reflect Kathy’s comment at the bottom of this story.)
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The Old Mission Peninsula residents who contacted me expressed concern about additional traffic, congestion, safety and alcohol consumption at Haserot Beach, a Peninsula Township Park that is already congested during the summer months, thanks to its inclusion in many “best of” lists.
I checked with the Township, and they were not aware of the gathering and had not received any permit application, as required by the Peninsula Township Park Ordinance. If a permit had been applied for, it likely would have been denied due to “the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the community and the members of the public utilizing such facility,” as noted in the Ordinance.
As such, Township officials contacted Old Mission Living Magazine and put a speedy halt to the Haserot Beach party.