Rec Advisory Board Minutes Mar 5, 2012

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on March 5, 2012.


Members present:       Christia Alou White                 Kendra Borja

Kristin David Cawn                 Mick Digeronimo       

Ron Marrocco             Jonathan Meltz

William Reich                          Ken Whittaker


Members absent:        Angela Alvero                                                            


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.


Mr. Meltz made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 6, 2012, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Alou and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. It was noted that the average number of kids participating in the Kids Day Off program is 30. 32 children attended the last Game Night that the field house held, and a game trailer was rented for those attending. The baseball program has 239 registered and aftercare has 72 registered.  Mr. Estep noted that the resurfacing has been completed at the Competition Pool. Mr. Estep thanked that Committee for helping out with the Coke trailer during Unity Day. Some suggestions for next year include lowering the cost of the bottled water and perhaps employees could have a separate area for drinks. The Committee felt a better way was needed to identify those people who received free drinks. Mr. Whittaker suggested bringing back the hole in one event next year. Mr. Estep noted the lack of space for the hole in one event, with the band using electric from the pump house. It was noted that there are not many activities for adults to do at Unity Day.


Mr. Estep noted that Shipwreck Cove opens on March 31. The Fine Arts Commission will hold their spring concert on March 25 at Memorial Park. The Egg Dive will take place on April 6 and the Marshmallow Drop is scheduled for April 7.


Discussion turned to the possibility of hosting a 5k race. It was related that the cost to rent a timing system for a race would cost $3,000. It is estimated that the cost for police would be approximately $2,000. Shirts, medals and refreshments are also needed. Sponsors would be needed to offset the majority of the costs. It was noted that the Town of Surfside’s 5k is five years old, and they had 100 participants in their race this year.


Mr. Meltz asked about WiFi in the recreation department. Mr. Estep said for safety reasons there is no WiFi at the Tot Lot or athletic fields.


Mr. Reich noted that he ran the idea of a casino night by some people and received an enthusiastic response, but most were disappointed that a casino night cannot happen sooner than next year.


It was noted that the Mayor’s Community Alliance paid for the recycling containers that were at Unity Day. The recycling containers will be distributed between the athletic field, community center and the aquatic center.


The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.