At the Council’s Committee of the Whole (C.O.W.) meeting on 15 May, a motion was moved by Emily Chorley and passed 5- 2 to look into details of a trial by Green Canoe outfitters (GCO) to move their Canoe and Kayak Rental summer business from the Beach in front of the Breaker’s Motel to the Cobourg main beach. The move would not be large since they would remain at the far eastern end of the beach but they would be in the jurisdiction of the Town instead of on waterfront owned by Breakers Motel. Staff were concerned that they would not have time to do a full review but they managed to report in enough detail and define enough conditions to allow a decision to be made.
The town consulted with the YMCA since they provide lifeguard services on the beach. A large number of questions and concerns were raised including:
- Additional buoys/ropes will need to be purchased by GCO and installed. Town and Coastguard may have to install items as a motorized watercraft may be required for this task
- GCO must provide the Town with a detailed operating manual
- Swim tests required of each participant as per recommendation of the Lifesaving Society
- Two certified lifeguards required to be on duty
- All staff must participate in 22 hours of mandatory emergency training provided by the Town/YMCA and paid for by GC0 at an approximate cost of $2500
- GCO must bear the cost of a minimum of $5 million in liability insurance and list the Town and the YMCA as additional insured parties
The Emergency planner was also consulted and added:
- Risks of this proposal are the same as the floating playground;
For full details see YMCA MOU at link below
The Town advised GCO of all requirements and they responded with this:
We would first like to thank all the parties involved in very quickly assessing the feasibility of Green Canoe Outfitters operating a rental kiosk from Victoria Park Beach. After careful review of the expectations and requirements as described in the documents from the YMCA and the Emergency Planner, we will be respectfully declining to move forward with our proposal. Should we choose to bring this proposal forward in the future, we will allow sufficient time for an appropriate risk assessment of the operation independent of the precedence set by the floating water park.
Again, please share our gratefulness with the other parties and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Town of Cobourg on future endeavours.
So this won’t be happening.
- Two contentious waterfront decisions – Approve GCO subject to report and MOU (and not approve canteen at beach) – 15 May 2019
- Staff Report