March 2, 2015

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on March 2, 2015.

Members present:    Christia Alou                         Kendra Borja

                                    Kristin David Cawn              Christopher Fernandez     

John Ise                                 Jonathan Meltz                    

Michael O’Hara                    William Reich


Members absent:     Ken Whittaker                      


Also present:             Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

                                    Robert Frame, Resident


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. O’Hara made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2015, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Alou and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep related that baseball registration is presently ongoing and the program will begin within the next two weeks. The pool is currently undergoing rehab in preparation for the opening of the season. Samples of rubber flooring are being tested. Shipwreck Cove has been acid washed and refilled. Mr. Estep is also working with Ken Ballard on finalizing the survey on the new community center to be mailed out to the residents. Mr. Ballard should be back in mid-March to plan community meetings.

Mr. Meltz expressed concern over the schedule changes with the basketball program. Mr. Estep said that the schedule cannot always be controlled; there may also be scheduling conflicts with other recreation departments.

Discussion turned to new business. Mr. Meltz noted that scoreboards are needed for the games; presently, the referees handle the scoring and timing. Miami Springs uses a portable scoreboard, ‘Score Tronics’ for their games which is mobile and operated on batteries. The scoreboard is 30” wide and 16” tall and the cost is $1500 per scoreboard. It was suggested that two scoreboards would be needed for basketball games. Mr. Ise made a motion to purchase two ScoreTronic portable scoreboards at a cost of $1500/each. Motion seconded by Ms. Alou and unanimously approved.

Mr. Ise noted there is an upcoming bike safety meeting that includes a study about signage/crosswalks for Miami Shores to provide safety for both bikers and runners.

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Mr. Ise also noted that in talking to residents residing within a two block radius of the community center, they seem ‘unsure’ about a new recreation center and the traffic it will bring. Mr. Estep said that community meetings will be held to discuss any concerns. Mr. Estep said there is no ‘Plan B’ for a center, but depending on the results of the survey, a plan could be developed. We are in the planning stages now; feedback is essential.

Robert Frame, a resident who lives across the street from the Comm. Center,is concerned about a new center, including the cost and the aesthetics of a new facility. Mr. Estep said there will be two Village wide meetings. There will also be a meeting with residents in the immediate area.

Mr. Ise asked if food could be brought into the pool now. Mr. Estep says the concern is what is being brought in (glass containers, etc.). Also, the concession is a revenue source to the pool.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.