Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

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It appears that since Santa Barbara currently has no beach parking restrictions or closures like many other SoCal counties, we are experiencing an influx of out of town visitors to our beaches during this oncoming heat wave.

Miramar and Butterfly Beach parking were at capacity, with a majority of cars being from out of the area based on observed license plate frames. There were Sprinter Vans parked ON the Coral Casino promenade finishing up their al fresco waterfront happy hour.

It is quite apparent that differing restrictions between counties are enticing folks to frolic in the less restricted regions.

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PitMix Apr 27, 2020 09:48 AM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Let's look at the bright side- that all of these healthy sun-loving people will exchange the virus with each other and once we hit a 70% antibody rate, they will give us herd immunity? I'm sure that's what they are thinking as they enjoy the beach, doing their bit for society?

Xantus Apr 26, 2020 04:21 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8255763/Thousands-Californians-flock-open-beaches-despite-Gov-Newsoms-pleas-stay-home.html == .... and people think that our beaches were crowded with LA people? please... they went to the beach.. IN LA. look at these pictures, all you Pearl-Clutchers. this is reality.

a-1594209357 Apr 25, 2020 09:21 PM
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What a bunch of self righteous a-holes in this town. Do you really care who lives or dies? Oh, sorry. It’s all about you!

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 10:30 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

People are renting out their vacation rentals? What? If you see that I strongly recommend you turn them in. That is really unsafe right now - especially as the vacationers are going to frequent stores, etc.

420722 Apr 24, 2020 04:12 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

This is great, I hope tourist keep coming. Maybe our local economy won’t totally fail. Thank you tourist. OPEN SB!

Bene Apr 24, 2020 03:31 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Tourists from all over are indeed coming to SB in droves. At least judging by the heavy action at the vacation rental that is less than six feet from my bedroom window. Big out door parties--lots of yelling, and lots of coughing. L.A. license plates on some. Thanks for sharing your Covid-19 with us L.A. tourists, this is a good time to party!

sacjon Apr 28, 2020 10:04 AM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

MR2 - parties are not illegal, correct, but if they are loud or violating any ordinance, they can be shut down. That's what I'm talking about.

Bene Apr 24, 2020 10:50 PM
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SACJON, I agree. All our sacrificing could be for nothing if too much of this happens. People from L.A. and other spots where the shelter in place rules are more draconian than santa Barbara's are heading up here to face less restrictions I've heard. They want to have the fun here that they aren't allowed to have in their own town. I hate snitching too, though I would call cops in this case if I thought they'd care. I've heard police aren't doing anything about large parties. People I know have called with the same problem and been told this. It is an illegal vacation rental, so I suppose I could call the city and "zone" them . But that would take months to get enforcement.

sacjon Apr 24, 2020 03:44 PM
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BENE - as much as I hate snitching, you should call the cops on any parties with outside people. They need to learn the hard way to stay the eff away from our town. We have been sacrificing so much and working so hard to keep the curve down, it would be almost criminal for some outsiders to come here and ruin it for us. TOURISTS GO HOME!!

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 03:29 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

The question "Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?" I have seen the motels on upper State filling up now where they were empty a couple of weeks ago so we are definitely attracting tourists. I don't think that is a good thing just now.

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 03:33 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

If tourists are truly that dumb that they're even here during this time, then maybe we need to check IDs at the beaches and only allow locals so as to dissuade tourist from coming here and spreading the virus! What if people from lax states are coming here? THIS is a problem!

sacjon Apr 24, 2020 03:04 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Go outside, go to the beach, but stay away from others or they will shut it down for the rest of us! How is this so hard to understand? You can do this safely! We have to continue to live, but do it safely!

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 02:49 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Rincon County beach park is wide open for wayfarers, turistas, and the let-my-dog-off-leash crowd. Local crew's trying to keep the bathroom safe but it's being overrun.

Chip of SB Apr 24, 2020 01:39 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

It's encouraging to see people starting to get out again. Beaches are getting busier, freeway traffic is increasing, and hopefully business is picking up as well. Unfortunately, many businesses will never re-open and we are soon going to start to see just how severely we have damaged the economy.

Xantus Apr 28, 2020 10:05 AM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

give you a number? here's a number that matters. "Severe lockdown has some negative implications. Its immediate result is an increase in the level of unemployment and the drop in GDP (in Israel, it is estimated that every month of lockdown is reducing the GDP by 8%). This will eventually lead to an increase in poverty and to human life loss due other diseases." -- https://jonathanturley.org/2020/04/26/citing-privacy-concerns-israel-ends-cellphone-location-tracking-for-enforcement-of-quarantine/

Xantus Apr 28, 2020 10:17 AM
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here's some more important numbers. you really think we can keep doing this forever and the consequences won't be massive? https://wolfstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/US-Fed-Balance-sheet-2020-04-23-total-assets.png

a-1594209357 Apr 28, 2020 09:29 AM
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XANTUS you and many others do a great job of demonstrating precisely that the “lockdown” is working. GET IT? Have you ever fought a fire? Funny how easy it is to put out a small fire, but once they are out of control, there’s no stopping them. DO YOU GET IT NOW? How many dead would it take to change your point of view. Give me a number of how many of your fellow Americans you are okay with dying.

sacjon Apr 24, 2020 03:02 PM
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2:08 - which of the infected or deceased caught it while "taking their kids to the beach or just walking?" Was it the elderly with the pre-existing conditions or the prison inmates that were out walking on the beach? Just curious since you seem to know!

Xantus Apr 24, 2020 03:00 PM
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"haha the five deaths is BECAUSE of the isolation and social distancing orders, not in spite of them !! lift them and see what happens !" == that's a Very, Very interesting phrase. that can easily mean the opposite of what you think it means. keeping people cooped up... anxious, on edge... can just as easily be a cause, not the cure. Notice how on the County statement about beaches they say "we will re-close the beaches if they are too CROWDED" ... not.. if cases rise... just... if too crowded. How will the counterpoint ever be proven if you don't let it happen?

sbmh2015 Apr 24, 2020 02:56 PM
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How damaging "we have been" to the economy ? Like it was a choice ??? Your statement is absolutely idiotic ! It's a deadly, highly contagious virus. How about that ?

letmego Apr 24, 2020 02:43 PM
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I'm sure there are the beginnings of studies and statistics to bear this out...I doubt that taking the kids for a walk on the beach is going to result in the same amount of community spread (if any) as: being an essential worker and going to work every day, grocery shopping around someone who is coughing or sneezing, riding the public bus with someone who is sick, etc. Physical distancing is key here. If you walk on the beach or in a park or on a trail and it seems too crowded (unable to keep 6 ft away), then leave. It's common sense (though I have seen crowded parks, and if I am unable to avoid people...I leave).

letmego Apr 24, 2020 02:46 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

I'm sure there are the beginnings of studies and statistics to bear this out...I doubt that taking the kids for a walk on the beach is going to result in the same amount of community spread (if any) as: being an essential worker and going to work every day, grocery shopping around someone who is coughing or sneezing, riding the public bus with someone who is sick, touching your face, etc. Physical distancing is key here. If you walk on the beach or in a park or on a trail and it seems too crowded (unable to keep 6 ft away), then leave. It's common sense (though I have seen crowded parks, and if I am unable to avoid people...I leave).

m-cubed Apr 24, 2020 02:43 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

haha the five deaths is BECAUSE of the isolation and social distancing orders, not in spite of them !! lift them and see what happens !

Xantus Apr 24, 2020 02:32 PM
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" tell that to the people who died and are dying from community spread " ... that whole.. 5 people in our county? in as many weeks? (we are now almost to 6 weeks of lockdown + the 1-3 weeks of supposed time of initial spread) - there was not even a hint of any kind of exponential increase in deaths. no articles about a major shortage of essential workers in our area... eventually you will have to give up the hype machine and invest your fears in reality.

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 02:08 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

GET OVER IT, tell that to the people who died and are dying from community spread - aka, taking the kids to the beach or just walking.

Get over it Apr 24, 2020 02:05 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

I hardly think heading to the beach is concerning, damaging or life threatening. Way too much drama folks. Fresh air and sunshine plus the ability to cool off is quite the opposite! Now if you're not distancing from others, having a beach party or whatever that's different. Taking the kids to the beach or just walking is not going to kill anyone.

Frederick Apr 24, 2020 01:32 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Quite a few sun bathers at the beach today. Everyone appears to have good social distance. Worry warts need not be concerned.

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 03:15 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Predict that the WA crew is cranking on your buddy's job. They ain't at the beach. Most SB carpenters won't work when it's raining, when there's surf, when it's hot, when they can't bring their dog to the jobsite, etc., etc. And don't get me started on the Westmont humanities grads now calling themselves a contractor...

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 02:05 PM
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Have a local contractor buddy that hired three carpenters from WA. They came down when WA shut down their residential construction biz. It's a fire rebuild and contractor couldn't find enough local guys. The contractor is stoked with the productivity of the WA crew versus the locals. Says he'll be sad when they head home soon. Wishes it weren't so, but there it is.

letmego Apr 24, 2020 12:59 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Probably. But also, I know people are still leaving town to go visit other places too (other counties).

m-cubed Apr 24, 2020 02:40 PM
Are Tourists Visiting Local Beaches?

Enough of the people who survive are suffering neurological damage, permanent lung damage, stroke, possibility of recurring infection, and social stigma. There is almost without a doubt one or more social butterfly in Santa Barbara who is asymptomatic and just YOLOing to the fullest double-fisting smartphones for rapid instagram updates.

a-1594209357 Apr 24, 2020 01:43 PM
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Good luck getting used to your lungs filling up with fluid. Coronavirus death is a horrible, horrible way to go. No thanks.

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