Popular beach in Ontario could reopen with online booking and fixed time slots
Cobourg’s sandy beach draws visitors from Toronto and beyond each summer, so when the town announced a closure until Aug. 31, many wanted it to reopen.
A fence was put up and beach-goers have been turned away since early June but now Cobourg is reconsidering that decision in light of Premier Doug Ford’s announcement that the province could move into Stage 2.
The beach could reopen as soon as July 6.
Cobourg Council decided to re-open the beach on a trial basis for 6 weeks. Full rules to be specified at next week's regular Council meeting: Details at Cobourg News blog: https://t.co/BdLSRKyosg— John Draper (@CobourgAtheist) June 23, 2020
Under the new plan, the fence will stay up, but an online booking system will allow people to access the beach, free of charge, in fixed time slots. Security or staff will check the passes at the gate.
“I really didn’t want to see line-ups into the gates,” said Cobourg Councillor Emily Chorley who brought the idea to councillors. Chorley is considered about staff dealing with uncooperative people. “At some point they are going to have to turn people away and I think that could spark a confrontation.”
There could be conflicts either way as many people didn’t get the message the beach was shut in June, said Cobourg councillor Adam Bureau.
“There have been visitors every day that didn’t know the beach was closed,” he said.
Through the online system, staff can do a health screening and advise people of the rules such as taking garbage with them and leaving when their time slot ends.
Some municipalities had the foresight to fence the beach -— TheCobourgKid (@TheCobourgKid) June 25, 2020
they were the smart ones !
Those council members who voted for opening beaches? Each are a.... pic.twitter.com/4dtSh1ye3m
Another Cobourg resident questioned the mayor’s assertion that people want the beach open.
“The Mayor commented that he receives numerous emails and phone calls including from families wanting the beach open for their families,” said the resident. “How many called, emailed, texted to keep the beach closed, Mr. Mayor?”
Reading this report is an insight into a council that is reacting emotionally to its citizens rather than sticking to a plan. Florida , Texas today reporting spike in cases. This will come back to bite Cobourg keep the beach closed. Save money for roads etc @TownofCobourg https://t.co/WR7TBIgRV8— DanyG11 (@DGtrades11) June 24, 2020
The backtrack from the earlier decision is also confusing.
“Council members top flip flopping around,” said another person. “You voted to close the beach and fence it off. You also posted signs at the entrance to Cobourg. Now council is considering opening the beach again. Make up your mind!”
Cobourg will make the final decision on the reopening on June 29. If it goes ahead, the beach could reopen on July 6 for seven days a week on a trial basis.
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