Letter to the Editor: What about grownup recreation? – The Coastland Occasions


To the Editor:

RECREATION – What are we doing in regards to the rising neighborhood of adults which can be coming to the Outer Banks to retire. How in regards to the grownup staff once they get residence from work. The place can they go and get wholesome?

Examine our resort cities to different cities like Virginia Seaside or Myrtle Seaside, Hilton Head and you may head on down the east coast and discover extra of those sorts of tales. However to start out, it’s in regards to the northern finish of Dare County. “What are we doing for retiring adults and adults that work in Dare County?”

Dare County Recreation Division does an incredible job for the youth in our communities. However the greenback spent for youth versus adults/seniors for an instance – grownup basketball $4000, youth basketball $36,000. Youth soccer and soccer applications $25K to adults $2500.

Ask your self, the place can I’m going and become involved in a leisure sport after I get off from work? Reply is fish, boating and browsing, however these should not administrated by Dare County Recreation applications that I communicate of.

The truth is, we don’t even have an grownup neighborhood middle. Exception can be the Baum Middle KDH for billiards and ping pong and a few outdated gymnasium tools. We do have a Dare County Youth Recreation Middle which homes and helps quite a lot of these applications listed above and our senior pickleball play within the mornings.

I’ve talked with many neighborhood leaders in a brief time frame since I’ve lately retired (April 2020) and what I’m discovering is the saying “Say in your lane” reply or, in different phrases, since I reside in Colington Harbour, I’m not allowed to or it’s suggested that I would like to seek out some residents of a township equivalent to Kill Satan Hills to deliver an concept of change to a board assembly for public remark. Once more, this was steered and never examined as per this typing. The opposite aspect of that is to talk with commissioners at Dare County with reference to recreation and the promotion of pickleball and adults having a devoted facility for all taxpaying residents or property house owners. I hope for the sake of scripting this that we’re not that divided that the cities can not work collectively to give you an concept to help a spot for everybody to be in a spot to be in Dare County someplace between mile marker 1 and 16 and never fear whose funds this can have an effect on. We now have the cash, it’s simply the concepts should not being heard to be made into life like guarantees for Dare County taxpayers to develop.

Only a observe, we’re so crowded within the one gymnasium that’s shared with seniors to play pickleball on the Dare County Youth Middle that if you’re right here visiting or vacationing and attempt to come to play pickleball, you can be turned away as a result of that is for resident and property house owners solely. Share that assertion to Lee Nettles of the Dare County Tourism Board.

However Dare County Tourism Board is made up of city councilman from every city together with the Restaurant Affiliation, Realtors Affiliation and the Resort Affiliation. Right here is why under.

The authorization and distribution for the 6% occupancy tax charge are as follows:

3% (three %) Room Occupancy Tax

2% (two %) Room Occupancy and Tourism Improvement Tax for Seaside Nourishment

1% (one %) Room Occupancy and Tourism Improvement Tax

Gross Occupancy Tax Distributions (Historic Information)

First eligible expense is the price of an annual audit.

75% have to be used for the price of administration and to advertise tourism, together with the next:

  • promoting to advertise lower than peak season occasions and applications
  • advertising and marketing analysis
  • a mail and phone inquiry response program
  • welcoming and hospitality features

25% have to be used for providers or applications wanted as a result of impression of tourism on the county.

In FY 2016, Dare County earmarked their share of this 3% occupancy tax as follows:

  • 25% for rubbish, refuse, and strong waste assortment and disposal
  • 25% for police safety (Sheriff’s Workplace)
  • 50% for emergency providers (Communications, Emergency Medical Providers, Emergency Medical Helicopter, and Emergency Administration).

Dare County has a everlasting inhabitants of roughly 33,920. Nonetheless, the county’s tourism business leads to a big seasonal inhabitants with a median every day inhabitants from June via August estimated to be roughly 225,000 to 300,000.

Six municipalities are positioned throughout the county: Duck, Kill Satan Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head and Southern Shores. The county has a commissioner/supervisor type of authorities. The seven members of the Board of Commissioners serve staggered four-year phrases.

A shared useful resource of revenue for all cities –

2% (two %) Room Occupancy and Tourism Improvement Tax for Seaside Nourishment:

FY 2019 – So out of $29 million collected, $9 million went to seaside nourishment and the Tourism Board share was $4 million and $15 million is split as listed above to the cities. This doesn’t replicate your property taxes. That is purely occupancy tax gross distributions.

So my query to everybody above and hopefully the city mayors or city or county commissioners will learn this: What are you doing for property house owners that pay property and private taxes for our faculties, roadways, hospitals, city and county providers and so forth.? Is it an excessive amount of to ask for a spot like a YMCA the place I don’t have to succeed in into my pocket and pay over $130 a month and to have a devoted supply at a city someplace between mile marker 1 and 16 to play a sport like basketball, tennis, pickleball, racketball and exercise gymnasium tools indoors when the climate doesn’t allow these actions outdoors?

Thought shared with Kill Satan Hills council member (this was shared in October 2020): Let’s cowl the curler rink and have multi-purpose traces down for basketball, pickleball, tennis and nonetheless have the curler rink floor. Then when occasions want cowl, now we have a roof over our heads. However I used to be advised, I’m not a resident of Kill Satan Hills and I must get residents on board with this concept.

Estimate price for this construction: $250,000.00.

One merchandise that I advocate for is pickleball. You would possibly ask, in addition to many city commissioners ask, “What’s pickleball?” Nicely it’s the quickest rising sport within the nation. Take a look at this hyperlink: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/  

Pickleplex – a bigger instance of a fancy that in case you construct it, they’ll come. However Florida is the recent spot for this sport within the winter months with all of the snowbirds that head south.

One other concept is to construct a fancy with pickleball with at the least 12 courts and host tournaments within the spring and fall. We now have the resorts and eating places to help this kind of occasion. 2020 USA Pickleball Mid Atlantic Regional Championship (initially was going to be hosted in Virginia Seaside, canceled resulting from COVID) and performed in Myrtle Seaside, SC had registered 428 gamers (have a look at this hyperlink and take a look at the gamers checklist and the place all of them traveled in from what state: https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=4061).

The courts constructed at Virginia Seaside Tennis and Nation Membership over a yr in the past price roughly $100,000.00 for 10 courts. The membership alone for 100 + members only for using pickleball court docket is over $400 a yr, which raised nearly 2/3 of the fee the primary yr. Plus, in the event that they hosted the event listed above, the income generated for one weekend event is $27,820 based mostly on the registration payment of $65, which is frequent at most occasions.

Come on, Dare County and its city leaders – Let’s get on board with pondering outdoors the field and produce some new concepts that serve all residents and vacationers. We now have the land and now we have the folks in place to make this occur.  Who would be the champion to take this concept to the end line?

Scott Garber


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