While the sand and surf at the Virginia Beach oceanfront have been given the green light to partially open, the beach at Cape Charles remains closed.
Supposedly, VB has provided some sort of policing policy that seemed to satisfy the governor.
The Mirror attempted to contact Mayor Smitty Dize about whether he or the alleged Town Manager had contacted Northam about opening our beach. The response was the status quo–no response (his business, of course, has not been affected by the lockdown). Quite different from when George Proto and Larry DiRe were on board. I believe Proto and DiRe would have been on the phone to Richmond every day since April 1. The governor would have our beach protection plan on his lap right now.
So, the beach remains closed until Northam gives the go-ahead to lift the gates of Stalag 13. Meanwhile, our elected “officials” and paid staff cowers like craven dogs under the Governor’s “Executive Order”. This is not leadership, and certainly not a well thought out risk management strategy.
It’s such a joke. If you sit on the beach, all by yourself, with the nearest person 3000 yards away, the Five-O will swoop down with their ATVs and run your ass off…from your own beach. A pretty pathetic flex, really.
COVID-19 is quite impressive…it doesn’t contaminate you at Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Costco, etc…but it will get your ass at Kelly’s, The Shanty, or at the beach.
And there are the people (Karens) that agree with this nonsense, “You are an ass…they are just trying to keep the town safe!” Resting Karen Face is a thing, I’m learning. Sort of a demeanor that says “I am THIS CLOSE to lecturing you while looking like I’m dying to get day drunk on rosé.” These are the same people that confront you about not wearing a mask.
Note: We are all in this together…but some of us are more in than others. As a rule of thumb, deaths from too much freedom are an atrocity, while deaths from too much authoritarianism are an unfortunate necessity that we’d thank you not to mention.
What has led to the stupid reaction? Cape Charles, like most of the world, doesn’t know the difference between scary and dangerous. Sure, Covid-19 is scary, but how dangerous is it? It kills for sure, but this is not our first rodeo with diseases.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing around 650,000 people every year, 54,000 per month, or approximately 200,000 people between February and mid-May of this year. This qualifies as extremely dangerous. Should we close the beach down when someone dies from this? Medical malpractice is the third leading cause, so by all means, let’s listen to the “experts”.
According to CDC data, 81% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States are people over 65 years old, most with preexisting conditions. If you add in 55-64-year-olds that number jumps to 93% (if you take away nursing home deaths, the number plummets). For those below age 55, preexisting conditions play a significant role, but the death rate is currently around 0.0022%, or one death per 45,000 people in this age range. Below 25 years old the fatality rate of COVID-19 is 0.00008%, or roughly one in 1.25 million, and yet we have shut down the county, and town.
Good article but you missed one important point. The reading comprehension of the town is lacking. Beaches are not closed. They are only closed to activities other than exercising and fishing unless the town council went above and beyond Northam’s order and fully closed the beach, but I don’t think that was done. So I think the town council has some explaining to do as to how a banner was erected at the entrance to our town stating that the beach is off-limits, when it was, in fact, still open. Maybe it was meant to further the town manager’s goal of making the town uncomfortable to tourists. — Reader Submitted Comment via Facebook
What are we doing, really? There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action. While the beach is a metaphor, what the town has done has shut down the private sector, usurped more power for itself, and has destroyed a large chunk of wealth. Short-term risk has been parlayed into long-term problems.
A review of all of this needs to be done. One piece of data that is emerging is that the real non-essentials are the Mayor, Town Council, and 2/3 of town employees.