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Old 08-06-2020, 03:46 PM
 
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Hi, coastal communities -

Over here in SE Portland, I've essentially been in my house since early March, teleworking full time (along with the other two adults in my house), and venturing out to basically the grocery store when necessary, and walks around my neighborhood. I'm doing all the things - masks, social distancing, lots of handwashing - doing my best to keep me and mine healthy and away from the health care system. So I haven't bascially been further than four or five miles from my house this year.

Most years, at least a couple of times a year, I throw my bag in my truck and disappear to the coast for a few days. Rent a room or an Air BnB where I can see the ocean.

So here's the deal......I have a week off coming up in September, and almost more than anything I'd love to just come out for a couple of days, breathe the ocean air, and get away from the city. But - I've been reading about how hordes of people are descending on the coast, disrespecting the resources of the communities, not social distancing, not wearing masks, just....basically overrunning the communities. I don't want to be that person. At all. On the other hand, I also know that my respectful presence could help with the influx of my lodging/food dollars.

How to balance this? I don't want to endanger anyone, to be that person that you have to smile at in the service industry, because even though I'm endangering your community, you have to be there and endanger yourself so you can put food on the table.

Any insight, coastal Oregonians? Florence, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside? What are your thoughts? How do you feel? What's really happening on the other side of the coastal range? I really want to come see you, but not to your detriment (or mine....I can sense when I'm not truly welcome, that is not a good feeling..)
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:36 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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The tourists bring in necessary income to the coast. Those who don't own a tourist related business do not enjoy all the traffic jams and crowds. It wasn't too bad in Yachats where I lived because the tourists stopped for lunch on their way to elsewhere and there wasn't anything to keep them for long. You can see the entire village in 5 minutes.



I haven't been to the coast for a couple of years, but I am hearing that there is a lot of resentment against all the careless tourists, and their crowding and refusal to social distance or to wear masks. Covid numbers were low over the winter but started skyrocketing as soon as the tourists appeared. Tourists do tend to act badly because they are on vacation and away from home.
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Old 08-09-2020, 01:16 PM
 
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I would just try to really follow the mask and social distancing. We went to Rockaway Beach and the restaurants seemed to be handling it very well for takeout. Bring what you need though for other things because driving by the Center Market it looked like a major virus spreading zone, and shopping on the main strip looked... shaky.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Lewiston, ID
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When I lived in Cannon Beach tourists would throw dirty diapers in our recycling. We lived right around the corner from the beach entrance. The winters were great. Nice and quiet, but the economy slows in September and shuts off practically in November with the rain and wind. There is very little work between Nov-March. Spring is good with quiet, imprroving weather and prospects. Summer is just too busy.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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If you live at the coast you are either are a hermit and stay in your apartment occasionally venturing out on to the deck; Or you're sociable and visit the restaurants/beach stores and the beach.

I used to do a blend. When I went to the coast, it was to work on the family's beach house, go to the hardware store, and the local restaurant for steak or burger and beer. If I was in the mood, I'd go fishing or clamming which are pretty much solo activities. I'd try to say hello to long time neighbors, depending on season and who was around.

The coastal communities live off tourism and second home maintenance. They don't have a choice.
Sister now owns the house, singly.

PacificCity has either a young crowd (visitors) or older crowd (the residents or second homers).
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Old 08-09-2020, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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They need the tourism dollars. The fishing business and Tillamook cheese can't employ them all.



I think if you stick to your AirBnB for the most part, don't be a covidiot, wear your mask, keep distant, it should be fine.
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Along the Oregon coast there are some good spots to surf fish for surfperch. They are tasty fillets dipped in batter & deep fried....yum
https://www.google.com/search?source...4dUDCAk&uact=5
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Being welcome at the coast is the same as being welcome anywhere during these times. Don't crowd, and wear a mask when you are around others. If the beach is crowded, pick a different beach. There is no shortage.

In the summer there are dock side restaurants with outdoor seating. There's a fish and chips joint in Bandon that I won't willingly miss.

Typically the tourist season ends Labor Day Weekend, because it's the end of summer and the kids go back to school. This year, I don't know. The weather in September will probably be fine. I think reservations would be a good idea.
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Old 08-11-2020, 11:04 AM
 
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Let September your guide. If things calm down enough that you can go (which at this point seems very unlikely), then using all good COVID sense (wearing your mask, staying 6 or more feet apart, washing hands frequently; that sort of stuff) ought to be sufficient.
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Old 08-11-2020, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Inn At Spanish Head - Resort Hotel - Lincoln City - Oregon Coast
September to mid October, Mid April-mid June are gorgeous times.
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