Thursday, June 3, 2010

RAC June 3, 2010

Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met on Thursday afternoon for about 50 minutes.

Under the Plan/Design Review Committee (PDRC) report, PDRC Chairman Billy Almond covered a couple matters of importance. First, the genesis of what's become the Laskin Road Gateway actually dates to 1997. Design professionals then held a full day meeting in the office of then-RAC Chairman Tim Barrow to sketch out ideas for the corridor. Second, Almond floated the idea of the RAC taking a position on LED signs, with the Virginia Beach City Council expected to take action in July.

Oceanfront Enhancement Committee (OEC) Chairman Jim Davis made a presentation on using old parking meters to collect money to aid the homeless. It's based on a program in Denver. The RAC endorsed a pilot program of 6 meters in the Resort Area.

The Resort Investment Committee reviewed the Tourism Growth Investment Fund (TGIF). With some revenues down in the recession, possible cuts in some programs were considered.

The location chosen for restrooms for JT's Grommet Island Park is the southwest corner of the intersection of 2nd Street and the Boardwalk. That's the northeast corner of the parking lot there.

Speaking of the Park, it's getting national recognition. First, two national magazines for the physically handicapped are doing stories on it. Second, at least three cities (two in California plus Ocean City, MD) are using it as a case study for building similar parks.

In other news, The Hippo (the giant water slide on the beach) opened on Sunday. Also, the annual sand soccer tournament will be the second weekend in June.

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