Early summer in Cobourg

The forecast for Cobourg for today – Saturday June 5 – was a high of 29 although if you looked closer, it said “cooler by the Lake”.  With the forecasted warm weather, one would expect a whole lot of people wanting to come to the beach – except that it’s closed on weekends. But the temperature at the beach at around noon, was nowhere near 29 – more like 16.  A couple of blocks north on King Street it was probably 20.  The Beach is closed to keep large crowds from gathering and creating a virus spreading event.  So far, there are no large crowds.  Despite the closure, a number of young families did come anyway – one family told me they did not know the beach was closed.  I suggested they try the West Beach.  Others let their kids play in the splash pad.

Summer 5 June 2021
Beach closed – Summer 5 June 2021

There was no sign nor apparent need of enforcement people – just a closed fence and a sign.

At the bottom of Division Street, a large crane was lifting in boats that had been moved from their storage location – see the video and pictures below.  As well as the Crane operator, a good number of Yacht club member volunteers were helping make it happen and keeping spectators at bay. I don’t think Town employees were involved.

The West beach had a few hardy kids in the water but it was not popular – at least not yet.

See the photos and the short video below

P.S. Yes I know it’s not “officially” summer yet but here’s two things that are relevant – we are overdue for summer and personally, I count summer as starting June 1st.  And yes, the market was operating but that is not really a summer event – it’s on from Spring to Fall.

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James Quelch
19 June 2021 11:53 am

“I don’t want to live in a beach town only to have to drive to another beach on the weekends”. –         Cobourg resident with children Every beach in Ontario is OPEN. Cobourg and Port Hope are the ONLY beaches in ALL of Ontario that are closed. Petition to reverse the weekend beach closure. We want the Cobourg beach open on the weekend for the physical and mental well-being of our communities and to support the tourism industry of local businesses in Cobourg. Caregivers with children are free on the weekends, not necessarily during the week. “There were no outbreaks linked to crowded beaches, there’s never been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a beach ever anywhere in the world to the best of my knowledge. Beaches are NOT a hotbed for coronavirus transmission” (Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and an adviser to the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). A misinformed Council refuses to follow the science of Covid transmission and insists on trying to appease a vocal minority that doesn’t want to use the beach on weekends, or doesn’t want others to come to Cobourg to use the beach on weekends. There are LESS cases on Covid in Ontario now then when Council OPENED the beach last year. Cobourg Council erected a fence to control access to the beach, discussed capacity limits and created a plan to enforce social distancing measures at the last beach meeting, only to ignore the plan and close the beach on weekends. There is no logical reason to keep the beach closed on the weekend, when the province is opening up its indoor spaces and individuals are free to travel, play sport and are encouraged to visit Cobourg’s downtown for the ‘8 weeks of awesome’ events. So people… Read more »

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Informed
9 June 2021 10:40 am

Hi John: Do you have the dates that the Downtown is closing for pedestrian traffic only?I think its important for people to support the Downtown when it opens up again. I believe there is two or three weekends this summer.

Informed
Reply to  John Draper
9 June 2021 12:21 pm

Ok,thanks. I must have been misinformed 🙂

Rob
Reply to  John Draper
9 June 2021 2:26 pm

The DBIA just sent this out yesterday:

Summer Launch of Downtown Cobourg’s Pedestrian-Friendly Walkway Weekends & The Summer Solstice Shopapalooza
COBOURG, ONT. –

The Pedestrian-Friendly Walkway Weekends are returning to Downtown Cobourg for a second year! On June 25th & 26th, enjoy a meal or sip a refreshing brew at one of our many restaurants, cafes, or pubs on their extended patios. You can shop at one of our local shops in person for new summer pieces with limited capacity.
King Street will be closed to traffic from Division Street to Spring Street to provide a safe experience for the community to shop, dine and discover Cobourg’s 8 Blocks of Awesome.

Also, during the week of June 21st, Downtown Cobourg will launch their first-ever Summer Solstice Shopapalooza – an all-ages shopping activity. While there will be no road closures beyond the Pedestrian-Friendly Weekend Walkway, this will be a time for downtown stores to welcome back shoppers with Shopapalooza promotional activities.
Physical distancing and safety are our top priorities. Visitors will be expected to follow proper in-place COVID-19 protocols at each business they visit.

We look forward to seeing you all back in Downtown Cobourg!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates @downtowncobourg

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Rob
9 June 2021 2:56 pm

As John noted, Albert Street is closed. How will people travel between Division and Spring? Where will they park? Has Council approved these closures?

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Rob
Reply to  Ken Strauss
9 June 2021 4:25 pm

dbia@downtowncobourg.ca – I would find it hard to believe that the DBIA would have the authority to close a street without Council approval, but I’ve included the DBIA email if you feel the need to follow up.

I guess for 48 hours, people could travel across Buck-Orange-Spring OR Covert-Orange-Spring OR use James, Havelock or University Streets to Spring. It isn’t perfect, but what really is these days.

Support local!

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Rob
9 June 2021 6:32 pm

It isn’t perfect and is an entirely unnecessary inconvenience for those in the west end who want to shop at Smors.

Pete M
Reply to  Ken Strauss
9 June 2021 10:24 pm

For those west enders who need their smors fix, might I suggest you use University Ave. To Division and then south on Division and turn left on King.
Should be able to access parking in the McGill St. Lot.
Wishing u good shopping at Smors

Pete M
Reply to  Ken Strauss
9 June 2021 10:39 pm

Come on Ken. Hiw about about a little positivity. Nice to see some people shopping congregating and supporting businesses, who could really use the support from all of Cobourg. Come on out and have a beer and chill!

Informed
Reply to  Ken Strauss
10 June 2021 8:59 am

I think you need to look at the big picture and purpose. The purpose is to bring pedestrain traffic downtown to support store owners. They have been inconvenienced for 1.5 years during a pandamic. Im sure you can navigate your vehicle to any desired store you wish. Hardley an inconvience compared to what store owners have been through.

Rob
Reply to  Ken Strauss
11 June 2021 4:19 pm

Ken – those west enders could shop the day before or the day after the pedestrian friend period. Perhaps those in the west end might enjoy a stroll along pedestrian friendly King Street – park near Shoppers Drug Mart and walk. Some west enders may even patronize other local businesses on their way. The Market and Smor has had the good fortunate of remaining open during most of these tough times. Its nice to see other local businesses enjoy a small piece of that good fortune; So many have had to shutter their business in the name of science – now there is a real “inconvenience”.

Wally Keeler
7 June 2021 10:30 am

SUMMER IN COBOURG! https://youtu.be/JcquVet_UV0

This is the promo vid bought and paid for by Cobourg Tourism. I wonder how much it cost? Anyway, this professional video was produced and uploaded four years ago. Please note that in the passing four years, only 43 people have watched it. Four years is 48 months, so that means that less than one person a month viewed this vid from Cobourg Tourism. What a waste of money!

In YouTube, enter “Cobourg Tourism” and up comes three separate sites. This is confusing. Why three sites and not one? Probably due to incompetence. One site has a whopping 14 subscribers, the other two have six and two subscribers. PATHETIC! What a zero return on investment!

There is no study anywhere declaring that these videos that Cobourg Tourism produces have ever had any discernable effect on tourists to Cobourg. The number of views of each video is also pathetic compared to many of the amateur videos made by tourists themselves which sometimes gets far greater numbers of views than the ‘professional’ Cobourg Tourism videos. Cobourg Tourism might want to look at those videos by tourists and compile a montage of clips from those videos. That would be far more authentic than the pretentious professional bland gland debris bought by Cobourg Tourism. .

Informed
Reply to  Wally Keeler
9 June 2021 10:30 am

Cobourg needs to be rebranded with less emphasis on the beach. I believe we need more patios,especially in or around the Downtown core. The patio on third street,west of the LCBO should have been jamed with patrons,entertainment etc but it was never taken advantage of. The location is superb.

Hugh Murray
6 June 2021 9:42 pm

Toronto, city of 3+ million, all beaches fully open this past weekend. Cobourg, town of 20,000, beach closed.
Makes. No. Sense.

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Hugh Murray
6 June 2021 10:28 pm

According to https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/tphseu/viz/TorontoCOVID-19MonitoringDashboard/MainReportCardPublic Toronto’s weekly average is now 66.7 additional cases per 100000 population or about 13 additional cases each week for our little town of 20,000. As a “priority region” their vaccination rate is higher than ours. I agree: opening the beach to the GTA makes no sense!

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Pete M
Reply to  Ken Strauss
8 June 2021 10:44 pm

Ontario reports today 08 Jun 2021 469 new cases out of a population if 14 million.

So what is the target number for Ken to open the beach?

Because obviously those that have opened their beaches have made grave mistakes. They aren’t interpreting the numbers correctly.

Rob
Reply to  Hugh Murray
7 June 2021 10:51 am

Toronto beaches are open with some reasonable Covid measures in place from what I understand. Cobourg could have taken a similar approach for weekends but didn’t….maybe it will be reviewed again with a different outcome.

Susie-Q
Reply to  Hugh Murray
7 June 2021 1:44 pm

Actually, it does make sense. Smart decision.

Rob
Reply to  Susie-Q
7 June 2021 3:35 pm

I suspect many people, on this site and in general, are in a state of cognitive dissonance. The same science and experts that closed beaches and businesses and placed all of us into a state of lockdown(s) now suggest reopening the Province however fear is creating a conflict that continues to perpetuate this narrative and drives anxiety. This is going to be a big problem for so many when we are all told to discard the mask from every day activities and resume our normal lives.

Hugh Murray
Reply to  Susie-Q
7 June 2021 3:35 pm

I’m guessing the beach is at least 300′ deep by 1,000′ long, or 300,000 square feet. It’s probably more like 400′ x 1,500, or 600,000 sq’. With a limit of 1,200 people, each person has at least 250 square feet; two bedrooms. Or, since people usually come in pairs, 500 sq’ per couple. A very big living room. But it’s probably double that, or 500 sq’ per person, 1,000 sq’ per couple. That’s a nice bungalow size space to lay out your towel.
No one will barge onto a crammed beach, because no one wants covid. Let sensible people use the beach on weekends, with sensible restrictions, and those people will be the better off for it. Cheers.

JimT
Reply to  Hugh Murray
7 June 2021 4:09 pm

According to my measurements on Google Map, it’s 1,895 feet, west to east at its longest dimension, and 435,000 square feet in area, or almost exactly 10 acres. Varies as the shoreline changes, of course.

Myself, I think large area(s) should be discreetly fenced off and plots of 100 sq. ft. or so leased out each day to serious beachies. No traffic allowed through the area. Include picnic table and umbrella, maybe. Whatever sells. Worth a go on a limited trial basis. My opinion.

Informed
Reply to  Hugh Murray
9 June 2021 9:32 am

Have a look at wasaga beach to see what was left to ckean up after last weekend. Shameful.

James Quelch
Reply to  Hugh Murray
21 June 2021 9:39 am

Hugh, I agree. Started a petition a couple of days ago for this reason. Please sign and share.

Sign petition here if interested
http://chng.it/qYRQfPnfZk

JimT
6 June 2021 1:36 pm

Youtube video of boats launched by cranes going horribly wrong, plus demonstrations how not to take videos of anything that moves.
Only 1:59 long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYJ-BVxEuWo

Bryan
Reply to  JimT
6 June 2021 5:05 pm

JimT:
And your point is what exactly?

jimq26
Reply to  JimT
6 June 2021 7:40 pm

Sad.

JimT
6 June 2021 10:23 am

I think “Cooler by the Lake” should be our Town Motto.
Been saying that for years now. 

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cobourg Lin
6 June 2021 9:52 am

There were lots of people sunning in groups of more than 5 and tents on the West beach Sat.. The police should be taking a walk along the boardwalk occasionally.

Deborah OConnor
Reply to  cobourg Lin
6 June 2021 9:29 pm

Relax. It’s a beach, it’s summer, suits and ties are not required. Last thing anybody needs is police wasting their time patrolling people just having fun.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Deborah OConnor
7 June 2021 1:53 am

It was unauthorized fun and we can’t have that. Unregulated fun can lead to mischief. Fun is infectious. Before you know it, glee breaks out. It’s a fundemic! Seniors relearn how to frolic. SOMEBODY CALL THE COPS!

GEORGE TAYLOR
Reply to  Wally Keeler
7 June 2021 9:33 am

what is wrong with people?
pun is a figure of speech that plays with words that have multiple meanings, or that plays with words that sound similar but mean different things. The comic novelist Douglas Adams uses both types of pun when he writes: “You can tune a guitar, but you can’t tuna fish.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  GEORGE TAYLOR
7 June 2021 4:42 pm

Good use of homonym.

jimq26
Reply to  Deborah OConnor
7 June 2021 8:09 am

So, you think it’s ok for our local constabulary to ignore people breaking our laws and by-laws? Very sad.

Deborah OConnor
Reply to  jimq26
11 June 2021 2:12 am

Who said “you think it’s ok for our local constabulary to ignore people breaking our laws and by-laws”?

Why that was you, Mr. Scared to Use his Real Name.

I said nothing of the kind. My comment was “Last thing anybody needs is police wasting their time patrolling people just having fun”. Or do you think simply having fun is somehow immoral and must be stopped?

Phunkeemum
6 June 2021 8:26 am

So nice to see boats in the harbour

jimq26
5 June 2021 7:28 pm

And all is well in Cobourg. Thanks Mr. Draper!