TDC approves ‘concept’ of an additional penny

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

“I think it will really help those shoulder seasons,” Yeager said, who added that some small bonding of the revenue stream from the additional penny was likely the path to go to construct the sports complex.

Mindful of growth

Those comments and vote came after a lengthy discussion about lessons learned this summer.

The consensus among board members is that the summer months have been busier than anticipated and that has drawn both praise for the TDC’s efforts to grow revenue into the county as well as complaints about the volume of visitors and trash being left behind on the beaches.

“In part that means we are doing our job because people are coming here,” said board member Alyson Gerlach. “Look at the progress that we have made. This is a really good problem to have.”

One side effect, at least for this year, has been seven additional seasonal employees added to the TDC staff to address issues on the beach with Jenkins looking at adding even more employees next year.

“I grossly underestimated the need for this,” Jenkins said of a beach maintenance program.

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