As many as 311 people watched the Council make a final decision about the Beach – this compares to a normal audience of around 20. Mayor John Henderson said that in the past week it was the busiest he had ever been as Mayor with 320 phone calls and emails. He and other councillors thanked the public for their engagement. John estimated that 20% of those communicating with him wanted to limit the beach to just locals and 80% wanted the beach fully closed. He said that health and safety were more important than tourism or business. Other councillors gave more detailed reasons and there seemed to be some nervousness about how the vote would go since a recorded vote was requested. But in the end, it was unanimous – close the beach until August 31.
Detailed reasons and issues
- It would be a logistical nightmare
- Too costly, permissive and complicated
- Would put citizens and staff at risk.
- Even with use by locals only, workers at the gate could be exposed to infection from visitors being turned away
- At 1500 people, the beach would be too crowded
- No net benefit to the community
- Cobourg (Council and citizens) needs to have a conversation about how the beach should be managed – perhaps a fee should be charged to visitors. This is irrespective of Covid-19. A committee will likely be setup to handle this.
See the articles below for more – the item on 27 June gives details on what was thought too complicated and permissive.
- Staff Report on how to re-open Beach – 27 June 2020
- Town Hall Meeting – mostly about the Beach – 24 June 2020
- Beach to re-open on a limited basis – 22 June 2020
- Beach Closed until August 31 – 1 June 2020