4 COVID-19 Cases Reported; Beach Restrictions; Dunes City Considers Ordinance For Short Term Rental Owners

4 COVID-19 Cases Reported

It was a relative slow weekend for COVID-19 cases for the Florence area.  There were only 4 new cases reported by Lane County Public Health over the three day period (1501).  Overall the Lane County area had 84 new cases for the same period.  Numbers continue to drop for Daily case rates as well as the 7 day rolling average for cases per 100,000 population.  The new number for the period is 62.1.  The average number of daily cases is at 34.  For the same 3 day period the Oregon Health Authority reported 775 cases and 16 new deaths.  There were five fewer of hospitalizations with 248 beds currently being used by coronavirus patients.

Beach Restrictions

Beginning today there will be access restrictions to three beach areas in Florence and will last through September 15th.  The Closures are included in a list of a dozen locations comprised of 40 miles of Oregon’s 360 mile coast line.  Those areas are known nesting areas of the threatened Western Snowy Plover.  The tiny shorebird nests in dry sand near the ocean at Baker Beach, Siltcoos Outlet and Tahkenitch Creek.

Dunes City Considers Ordinance For Short Term Rental Owners

A hearing this week on a proposed ordinance in Dunes City that would require the owners and operators of short term vacation rentals have a business and operations license will be conducted during the March 16th meeting of the council.  Wednesday’s meeting includes the formal 1st and 2nd readings of proposed ordinance 256-A followed by an opportunity for public testimony.  Dunes City Administrator Jaime Mills said due to limited band-width the hearing will be conducted in person only and testimony will not be taken on line.  Testimony and comment on the proposal may be submitted by email or in writing prior to 3:00 Wednesday afternoon.  The Dunes City Council meets Wednesday, six pm at Dunes City Hall.