***MARINA IS OPEN*** June 1 update

June 1

Kincardine Municipal Council approved the opening of the Municipal Marina at their council meeting this evening.  The opening is effective June 2.

There is still a lot of work to be done.  With A dock in it’s present condition, it is not safe to allow any boats to tie up to it.   Cottrill’s started installing   extensions to the center pilings on A dock today.  This work will be completed by June 5, weather permitting.  When the extensions are all in place, A dock will be raised to a useable level.  We will be requesting assistance from the members for helping with this work.  The east wall fingers are also not available at this time.  Work is continuing to raise and secure these fingers.  If you are bringing in a boat which would normally be on A dock or the east wall, contact the office for alternate temporary docking arrangements.

The office, some washrooms, the fuel docks and pump out are available.  But  there will be many differences this year for operation of the Marina due to covid-19.  We will be following recommendations for physical spacing, wearing of protective equipment and  limiting numbers of people in gatherings to name a few.  Only one customer will be allowed in the office at a time.  Signs are posted, please be aware and comply with all instructions.

May 29

Last week, KYC submitted a proposed path forward for reopening the Marina to the Municipality with what we consider to be the necessary facilities and safety precautions to be available.  On Monday, May 25 this was discussed at the municipal senior staff meeting.  The submission will be brought to the Municipal Council meeting on Monday, June 1 at which time the Council will either approve or deny the opening of the Marina.   We feel that with the preparations we have completed and the extra safety measures we have instituted, the Marina will be opened.

However, at this time the Marina is still closed.  There are some boats in the Marina, all owners have been informed that we are still closed, and have been instructed to leave their boats tied to the dock.  As the Marina is closed, there is no power available on the docks.

There is still a lot of work to be done in preparing .  With A dock in it’s present condition, it is not safe to allow any boats to tie up to it.   Cottrill’s has been contracted to fabricate and install extensions to the center pilings on A dock.  This work will start June 1, and will be completed by June 5, weather permitting.  When the extensions are all in place, A dock will be raised to a useable level.  We will be requesting assistance from the members for helping with this work.

There will be many differences this year for operation of the Marina due to covid-19.  We will be following recommendations for physical spacing, wearing of protective equipment and  limiting numbers of people in gatherings to name a few.  Signs will be posted, please be aware and comply with all instructions.

May 21

This email was received this afternoon from the Municipality:

Please be advised that the Municipality is able to confirm the following:

-The boat launch at the Marina is allowed to open asap (please confirm that this can and will be opened asap as we anticipate it will be in high demand now that the word is out)

-The Marina is now open for KYC members and Marina staff to continue preparations on preparing the Marina to open to boaters and ready for lift-in

-Boaters are permitted to work on their boats as they were prior to the May 15th communications that ended that activity.

KYC expects any  measures that the public is being asked to follow during this COVID-19 Pandemic are followed.

Note that the required measures include distancing of 6 ft. (unless you are family members), no more than 5 persons in a group, and that the boat storage areas do not become a place for social gatherings.  This permission is a privilege, and can be revoked by the municipality if these requirements are not followed.

May 15

MARINA IS CLOSED

KYC just received this information from the Municipality.  If affects everyone at the Marina, including our staff.  The word is closed means closed.  There will no longer be any work allowed at the Marina, whether preparations to open by staff, or work to prepare boats by owners.  We will be following up with the Municipality on Tuesday for plans for a new path forward.  The following excerpt is from the news media release from the Municipality:

The Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra, is ordering municipalities to close all beaches and shore in Grey and Bruce Counties. This directive applies to all municipally managed beaches and shore in both counties.

This order is in effect from noon on May 15, 2020 until rescinded. This order is made pursuant to Section. 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 7 as amended.

This closure means that no activity of any kind can take place and that the following are closed to all persons:

  • Beaches and Beach Access
  • Boardwalks (both sides) • Gardens by the Boardwalk
  • Any portion of the Trails System that goes along the shoreline
  • Any structures on the beach
  • Marinas, boat launches and piers

The full news media release can be found at www.kincardine.ca, scroll down to news and notices, Media Advisory, Medical Officer of Health Order.

May 12

Today, May 12, we have received permission from the Municipality for boaters to begin work on preparing their boats for lift in.  There are some stipulations to be followed.

The Marina remains closed to the public, which includes boaters.   This means the docks are closed, the launch ramp is closed, the office is closed, and the washrooms are closed, to the public, which includes boaters.

The following was cut and pasted from the Marina section on an Ontario Government website entitled – Frequently asked questions about essential businesses document.

“Can marinas open?

Marinas are now permitted to repair or service boats or other watercraft. They also may place boats or other watercraft in the water to be secured to a dock until the marina is open to the public. They may also provide other services to enable individuals to access their primary place of residence, support government operations or services, or support the transportation of items by commercial barges.

Marinas can also provide access to boats or release boats to owners for seasonal boat preparation.

No decisions have been made on whether or when marinas can be fully open.”

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Therefore, based on the above, the Municipality feels it is fine to start allowing your boaters access to their stored boats to do the following:

-Cleaning of boats

-Polishing/waxing of boats

-Painting of hulls

-Repairs to boats

-Engine Preparation

-Preparing boats for lift in

We would expect however that measures are put in place by the KYC to ensure that social distancing requirements and sanitizing measures are being adhered to along with any other measures that the public is being asked to follow during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

Note that the required measures include distancing of 6 ft. (unless you are family members), no more than 5 persons in a group, and that the boat storage areas do not become a place for social gatherings.  This permission is a privilege, and can be revoked by the municipality if these requirements are not followed.

May 4

Municipality of Kincardine senior staff met this morning and have clarified what can be done at the marina in light of Premier Ford’s announcement of May 1st.

As per the Friday announcement, the marina will remain closed to the public.  As per the meeting this morning, this includes work on boat preparation.  We will be following up with the Municipality later this week to press for a path forward for boat preparation.

Marina staff will be permitted to work at preparations for reopening the marina.  This will include work on restoring the water supply, work on preparing the docks, and work on the boat launch, to name a few, so that the marina will be able to be opened in a timely matter when restrictions for public access are relaxed.  Staff will be required to practice physical distancing, not congregate in groups of more than five, and follow proper health and safety guidelines.

As further information becomes available, it will be posted on the website.

Remain patient, and stay healthy and safe.

May 01

Today, May 1, Premier Doug Ford announced that certain businesses would be allowed to open under strict safety guidelines.  By following proper health and safety guidelines these businesses will be permitted to begin operation on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 am.  The following regards marinas:

Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.”

However, the Marina is still under the Municipality of Kincardine facility lockdown.  Municipal senior staff will be meeting Monday morning May 4 to determine what the above announcement will mean for our marina.  It is anticipated that marina staff will be allowed to start preparations to open the marina, but that the marina will remain closed to the public.

Municipal staff has already been contacted regarding the path forward for boat preparation.  This will also be on the agenda at their Monday meeting.  We will be contacted after this meeting and will post the path forward on this website.

This is good news.  However, preparation of the marina for opening will take time.  Also, the time frame for opening the marina to the public is still unknown.   Please be patient.  Refrain from calling the Municipality as we are in contact with them and will post all information on the web site in a timely manner.

April 20

Thanks to those members who didn’t read the past updates on our website, but instead chose to contact the mayor, councillors and Municipal staff directly regarding Marina matters.  The following is thanks to you:

Hello,

The Municipality has received some direct inquires from boaters asking if they are allowed to work on their boats at the harbour that are currently in winter storage.

Senior staff discussed and investigated this activity and do not feel that cleaning and working on boats at this time is an essential activity with the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place and therefore should not be permitted to continue at this time.

I trust you will let you members know of this decision and directive moving forward.

Thanks,

April 15
  The Province today extended the State of Emergency to May 12.
   Kincardine Municipal facilities are still closed until further notice.
When the Municipality reopens its facilities, we will still require 2 weeks to open the marina, as the marina is still winterized.  We are not able to work there at this time.
    The KYC Executive has opened a dialogue with the Municipality regarding a revised fee schedule for this season.  We are exploring different scenarios depending on when or if the Marina opens this season.  However this will not be finalized until after the Marina opens, so please be patient.
      As stated before, these are unprecedented times.  The best we can do now is to stay home, and stay healthy.  The sooner we beat this pandemic, the sooner we open and the sooner we will be on the water!

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As of March 17, the Municipality of Kincardine has closed it’s facilities to the public.  As of March 24, the Municipality of Kincardine declared a State of Emergency.

The  Municipality of Kincardine Marina is included in the Municipal Closure Notice which is NOW (AS OF MARCH 30, 2020)     

 KINCARDINE FACILITIES CLOSURE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

First and foremost at this time is the safety of all who rent a slip at the Marina during this covid-19 pandemic.  We need to follow the directives of our public health agencies, and our governments, regarding gatherings, social distancing and essential businesses.

                                                  THE MARINA IS CLOSED.                                                    

The office is closed as are all the facilities.  There is no water available, and the power is turned off on A, B, and C docks.  These 3 docks have been posted as closed.  Do not bring your boat to the Marina.

As of April 1, 2020, on the advice of the Municipality, THE MARINA LAUNCH RAMP IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE..

Please bear with us during this time of uncertainty.  Please stay at home.  The most important thing is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.

This page will be updated as conditions change.