Evanston city staff will ask aldermen tonight to approve an ordinance that would ban people from the rock revetment along the lakefront.

In a memo to aldermen, Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says large waves during storms this winter have caused erosion of the earth under the rocks “making them less stable and more prone to shifting.”

He’s proposing a new ordinance that would say “no person shall climb onto, walk, run, stand or sit upon the rock revetment anywhere along the city owned lakefront.”

Stoneback also says city staff plans to install signs reading “Caution – Unstable Rocks – Keep Off” along the lakefront, either on metal signposts or spray-painted with a stencil directly on the rocks.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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