Saturday was hot and a great beach day but with Victoria Park Beach closed, where can beach people go? On the July 1st holiday, many went to Port Hope; others went to Wicklow beach. Reports from those beaches say that few followed social distancing rules so now Port Hope’s beaches are closed on weekends. Given these reports, at about 3:00 pm on Saturday I checked out Cobourg’s West Beach. It was not crowded and those that were there, were following the rules – see the Video below. I didn’t ask people where they were from but I recognized one local couple. There were no Police or ByLaw officers – but what ByLaws would they be enforcing? There were dogs – but not running wild – no barbecues, no tents and no obvious alcohol. As long as people continue to behave like this, it seems OK. But there were beach goers in the West Harbour – ignoring the unsafe for swimming sign and seemingly oblivious of the better beach a short distance away. That could be worth a visit from enforcers.
Since it’s a natural and (I would call it) an unofficial Beach, there are no lifeguards or notices about swimming at your own risk. Provision for parking is limited and there is no sign-posting to this beach. Tourism publicity does not mention it (except briefly on the main Town web site) – you could say it’s a hidden gem. Google Maps does not mention it although it’s pretty obvious on Google Earth. Some people found it and I’d guess that although a few were local, most were not.
Let’s hope it stays uncrowded and that users continue to follow the rules.
Not a masterpiece – but it tells the story well enough!
Meanwhile, at Victoria Park Beach, also on Saturday, Police charged 32-year-old Tamara Ugolini of Cobourg with “Enter Premise when Entry Prohibited contrary to Section 2(1)(a)(i) of the Trespass to Property Act” for walking “in the area clearly posted as closed with visible signage indicating entry prohibited”. She was also charged with obstructing Peace Officer Contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code because she “was uncooperative with Police refusing to identify herself”.