MUNICIPAL BEACH MANAGEMENT 2018… END-OF-SEASON RESULTS…
Last spring, circumstances required that the Municipality take over the daily operations of the beach that included activities such as swimming lessons, the sailing program and tennis.
It is now time to assess the results and provide details…
Within the context of a change in management just prior to the start date of activities, and the application of the government regulation in force for public beaches, the goals of the Municipality were to ensure the return of regular activities, provide increased hours of supervised swimming and mainly offer better access to the beach site by our village residents.
A team of supervisors/instructors was put into place that consisted of employees known to and valued by beach goers. The team dedicated itself to offering quality services to users within the safest of environments and we are grateful to them.
Services provided and costs
The period of supervised opening hours at the beach was increased by one week at the beginning of the season and by one week and two weekends at the end of the season.
Throughout the season, the daily schedule of operating hours was extended when daylight (safety) conditions made it possible, often until 9 p.m.
Residents of North Hatley had access to these services free of charge, while non-residents saw an increase in price in the interest of fairness. The number of North Hatley family memberships increased by 61%, from 46 to74, an increase beyond expectations. The number of North Hatley non-resident memberships dropped by 54%, from 68 to 31, which was anticipated under the circumstances. However, the significant increase in entrance fees collected at the gate on a daily basis makes it possible to conclude that a number of non-residents opted out of a seasonal membership in favor of a daily entrance fee.
Swimming and sailing lessons were offered at the best competitive rates. Forty-two (42) children took swimming lessons. Seven (7) people took sailing lessons over a three-week period in spite of the late unavailability of the sailing instructor and thanks to the North Hatley Club.
Tennis enthusiasts had access to the courts free-of-charge.
Although negative results were anticipated in terms of costs, within the unfavorable context at the outset, budget outcomes have proven to be more than satisfactory.
Operating costs for the beach and the swimming lessons program incurred expenses in the amount of $35,758 and generated $35,416 in revenues (including the usual $12,000 subsidy by the Municipality plus another $2,000 to cover increased opening hours), resulting in a slight deficit of $342.
Sailing lessons, organized in collaboration with the North Hatley Club, required an investment of $2,767 that was partially offset by revenues of $578.
Free-of-charge services for tennis enthusiasts as such required an investment of $3, 585 for court maintenance.
In total, the summer program, all activities included, will have cost some $6,121 and benefited hundreds of people who enjoyed going to the beach.
Automated access system
In order for everyone to be able to access the park at Pleasant View Beach outside opening hours, the Municipality put an automated system in place that allowed entrance to the site with an electronic key. The system was financed entirely through donations. As of this report, 23 persons signed up for an electronic key.
The summer season was wonderful and enjoyable for all lovers of outdoor activities.