From February 2 to February 23, Cobourg residents were asked what they thought about managing the visitors at the beach. The survey was described in a Cobourg News Blog article on February 3 – see the link below – but now the results are available. A tabulation of answers – including all of the comments by participants – is available in a 156 page “Public Engagement report”. This will be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Committee in a meeting on March 9 and they will then make recommendations to council. The survey had 1408 respondents and is considered the Town’s “most responded to survey”. Although the report is long and a good summary of the comments is impossible here, some highlights of responses to questions can be reported.
Highlights of Question Responses
Q. Where do you live? A. About half live within a 20 minute walk and half of those within 10 minutes.
Q. How old are you? A. About half are over 60.
Q. How often do you visit the beach? A. Three quarters visit daily or weekly.
Q. Why do you visit – or not visit?
Most respondents thought amenities/services were good but few thought enforcement of rules were adequate – particularly littering.
Q. Should changing facilities be available at the beach? A. Three quarters said yes with most wanting this free.
Q. Should the Town continue to provide lifeguards on the beach? A. 68% said yes, 21% wanted weekends and special events only and 7% wanted to eliminate them.
Q. Should the Town do more to generate revenue from beachgoers?
Q. The Town typically allocates $75,000-100,000 per year to advertise and promote Cobourg as a tourism destination.
What proportion of the budget and staff effort should be spent on advertising the beach?
Note that in addition to the survey with its questions, there was also a forum with an open ended question that got 56 contributions and 29 comments on those.
The Cobourg News Blog article on the survey (see link below) got over 3000 hits and 57 comments (contributions).
There is a very large interest in this subject in Cobourg! Stay tuned for a report on committee recommendations and a Council decision. Whatever is decided, not everyone will be happy.
- Managing High Volumes of Visitors at Victoria Beach – 3 February 2021
- Public Engagement Report – Beach survey results