Perhaps we don’t see it or something but the Town has felt it necessary to let everyone know that the Police and By-Law officers are enforcing Town By-Laws on the Beach. They are educating but also issuing tickets for infractions. The usual problem of alcohol is the biggest issue but people are also smoking, using BBQs, bringing their dogs onto the Beach and more – see the list below. They also issue a lot of parking tickets and make the comment that most people are using the Honk-Mobile app and pay out $20 for all-day parking. So far the beach has not been over-crowded; further, my non-scientific assessment is that the Beach seemed more crowded on some week-days than weekends so some people probably think it’s still closed on weekends.
What’s Banned on the Beach
- Liquor consumption or open liquor containers
- BBQs or cooking device
- Enclosed Tents (especially not with porta-potties) – photo shows legal tents.
- Trespassing at the Lighthouse
- Also – no bonfires, no Operation of loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment (without permission) and no littering.
- And the beach is closed from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am – I suspect there’s little enforcement of this.
- The Town’s page simply says: “Smoking, alcohol, littering, BBQs, dogs and tents are prohibited on the beach”
The Town’s announcement listed 23 tickets issued for the week August 2 to 8:
8 – Tickets for Open liquor container or possession of liquor
6 – Tickets for smoking on the beach (019-2015 Sec. 2)
3 – BBQ on Beach (022-2016 Sec. 14.1)
2 – Dog on beach tickets issued under (022-2016 Section 30.3 (d))
2 – Tent Enclosure on beach using enclosed port-a-potty and enclosed refuse to open camping style (022-2016 Sec. 18)
2 – Trespass at the Light House – Individual enter premises when entry prohibited” – Trespass to Property Act 2(1)(a)(i)
See Links below for copies of By-Laws
Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf said:
“We have to ensure that Town bylaws are being enforced and that Victoria Park Beach is being respectfully utilized. Aside from issuing tickets and citations for non-compliance, we are also working collaboratively to educate beachgoers on the rules of the beach, particularly that there are no BBQs, alcohol or dogs permitted as outlined in the Parks Use Bylaw.”
The Town reported that during the week August 2 to 8:
A total of 133 electronic parking tickets were laid. Beachgoers are reminded to utilize the Honk Mobile App to pay and top up their parking fees online. Bylaw Enforcement Officers observed nearly every vehicle was utilizing the app and that the average person was paying the $20/day parking fee.
Reporting Non-Compliance at the Victoria Park Beach
No doubt because the Police and By-Law officers do not see everything, they are asking for input from the public:
Residents and visitors are urged to continue reporting compliance and enforcement issues by calling the Town of Cobourg at 905-372-4301, the Cobourg Police Service at 905-372-6821 or by emailing [email protected].
Previous related Articles
- Swimming in West Harbour to be banned– 22 July 2021 – will create amendment to By-law 022-2016
- Managing Crowds at Cobourg’s Beaches – 11 July 2021