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Here’s The Scoop….The Chamber…The Showdown?…

The Sea Breeze…September Edition is out…from the LBTS Chamber of Commerce…

On the cover…”THIS IS A GREAT SIGN!!!” (Welcome Center sign…photo)….

“This is the first thing our visitors see from the parking lot when they arrive to get all their information. It sure is “Welcoming”! Our great former Chamber President Bill Davis had the idea and the sign was put up on our building in 2003!!”…

Inside on page 2….. “LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT”…Paul Novak…

(The full text can be found in the printed version…available in Town Hall…and at the Chamber….)

Paul writes of the summer being over…the trending downward of gas prices…and that tourists are still coming to LBTS….seeing it as a “destination”…they love…

He reports all the hoteliers that are busy fixing up their properties…quite apparent from a stroll by all the dumpsters located out in front…including Paul’s hotel…this month…

The progress on Minto…acknowledging their efforts to keep the El Mar construction as tidy as possible…( an effort noticed and posted previously)……the finishing touches on Oriana….looking at their landscaping…and the need for more of the “upscale” look of it on El Mar Drive….for the local pedestrians and tourists… ( in this writer’s opinion…a bad mistake was made by the transplanting of the trees Oriana removed…. down at the north end of El Mar)….

The ongoing progress of Wings…finally looking towards an opening…and adding to the business district…(looks like the original frontage “wall of glass” design was changed to a more appropriate corned entrance)…

AND THEN…Paul addresses the Sept. 12th Commission Meeting showdown with McIntee….

As previously posted …for “payback” …on behalf or his “pal” MacMillan…former Chamber President and Editor of the BTSTimes…and “10th CIC Board Member”…and the rest of his M & M & F..”Posse” …the Vice Mayor is essentially perpetrating the same tactics he so despised about the BSO …when the VFD was thrown out of their “home” base!…

This writer has not met one resident…outside of this small contingency of “payback” groupies…a number that can be counted on 2 hands…who is signing on to this idea!…No matter who they voted for in January…CIC members…non- CIC members…no one!…

Now would be the time…for the Vice Mayor…if he has any hopes or desire to run again in this town …to remain on the commission…… to do another about face…as he did with the doggy beach…(originally his last campain’s idea)….and drop it like a “hot potato”!…

If he does not…those who still hold any doubt who is running this town will see for themselves…it is and always has been…. MacMillan pulling the McIntee strings….

Showdown indeed…

Showdown of the Chamber VS McIntee….Showdown of McIntee VS MacMillan….YIKES!!!

Back to Paul’s letter…he is asking all businesses…hoteliers…member to attend and speak on behalf of the Chamber and its “Home”….with the Welcome Center…on A1A…

BCbythesea…residents should speak as well…a vote on the dais…could be iffy otherwise….with the Vice Mayor’s “cut to the chase” overbearing antics…….

Page 3 contains a “LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR”…

Judy Swaggerty…gives an update of Chamber and Chamber sponsored events …including…Oct. 15th annual Fish Fry….Nov. 22/23rd Arts/Ctrafts Show….Dec. 2nd Christmas By The Sea…(also on the agenda…by McIntee)…

She welcomes a new Board member…Ed White of the Croton Arms Resort..filling the spot left by the the death of Uli Brandt…

Middle of Sept. will be the mailing for those interested in joining the Chamber Board…ballots to be counted in Nov.

BCbythesea…will Cristie Furth try to join the Board again?………

She finishes up by re-iterating a call for the members to speak up to save the Chamber’s location…

The Monthly statistics…for July/Aug…

…………………………………..July……….Aug…………YTD…………..7/07……….8/07

Walk in…………………………1,229……..905……..13,242…………966………..1,081

Visitor Guide mailed……….210……….180………..3,586…………492…………..483

See Ya There Ad…………………7………….8…………….470

Diving Inq……………………….46…………31……………502…………..64……………61

Relocation Inq………………….18…………16……………218…………..20…………….23

Car Rental Inq…………………..59…………50……………546…………..95…………….84

Room Inq…………………………136……….112………….2,057………..203…………..177

Total Traffic…………………….1,705…….1,302………20,621……….1,840……….1,909

Website Hits…………………….7,855……..6,484……..68,352

Membership renewed………………4…………………………..203

New Membership…………………….6……………5……………..36

Non- Renewals………………………..8……………3………………44

pre-paid 2007/08…………………..13…………………………….13

Business Closed………………………..1…………..2……………….9

Total Membership……………………………………………………..199

BCbythesea…at issue ..for the Sept. 12 commission meeting……… is really 2 issues…

The location of the Chamber/ Welcome Center and cutting the budget for the Chamber’s yearly cost to the Town……..$35 thousand annually……plus free room and board in its long-time building…

Although …. with the purchase of the McIntee Public Safety Complex…his…Youth Swimming Pool..(which is really the size of a large hot tub …5 strokes from end to end…if that)…the expenditures of the Town in process…including electric vehicles….$4 thousand on the 9/12 agenda for the annual Halloween party……budget cutting seem to be for some entities and not for others…..

The Chamber should show up with strength in numbers of people behind them….and an effort to curtail the budget in good faith….

The Vice Mayor….we shall see…….if he has another “epiphany” or he is at someone else’s beck and call!…

more to come………

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