Here’s an email I received today from my property owners association informing residents of Country Club Additions that we can’t use our beaches.
Update on CCAPOA Beach Status: Beaches are closed…for now
With the warm weather quickly approaching we understand that people are anxious to head to the beach and enjoy the lake.
Unfortunately the COVID19 pandemic and the State of Illinois restrictions are causing an impact on our ability to open our private swimming areas.
As a result CCAPOA Swim beaches are currently closed by the State of Illinois and McHenry County Department of Health.
Once the offices reopen and can certify our beaches we will reopen them as soon as possible. (We miss you too!)
To demonstrate our compliance with the statewide restrictions the beaches have been temporarily fenced and closed in order to minimize any inadvertent violations of any codes that the State/County Department of Health enforces.
It is important to note that the swimming areas are not closed for the season and will reopen as soon as the State allows.
In the interim, we appreciate your patience during this difficult time.
In addition, it is also important for our members to understand that CCAPOA has been informed by the ILDH that if the Beach Closed status was violated, we may not have the ability to certify for the remainder of the year.
In essence, that means if we have people in the water or on the beach then those individuals may directly cause us lose our beaches for the remainder of the year.
(Please don’t do it! Pretty please!!)
Please, be patient with us and don’t go on the beach or in the water.
It is not only a violation, but we also don’t know if the water is safe without certification.
(We don’t want an outbreak of water based bacteria to keep us all at home either.)
I know this weekend is supposed to be warm and beautiful and I also want to go enjoy our beaches, we just need to give it a little more time.
That being said, the grass areas are NOT restricted or closed.
We request that you attend safely and follow the guidelines for safe interactions.
The websites for details on that are posted on the beach as well.
The association is not here to enforce any attendance in the grass areas unless they are immediately unsafe.
If you have questions regarding the Department of Health decision to close the swim beaches, please locate the number posted on the signs at every beach and contact them directly.
(The representative I spoke with today was Sean, he was extremely kind and professional and he welcomes any questions.)
We look forward to seeing everyone and safely enjoying the great weather.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!!!
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A! May 22nd memo from the McHenry County Health department pinned the tail on Governor JB Pritzker.
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This intrusion on property rights and Freedom of Association reminds me of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s attempt to force port-a-potties at every CCPOA beach in the 1990’s.
As one might imagine, neighbors were not pleased.
I finally got the IDPH to back off by pointing out all residents using the beach were within walking distance of the beaches and could return home to go to the bathroom.