Rec Advisory Board Minutes Oct 1, 2012

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on October 1, 2012.


Members present:       Christia Alou White                 Kendra Borja

Kristin David Cawn                 Mick Digeronimo       

Ron Marrocco                         Jonathan Meltz

Ken Whittaker


Members absent:        Angela Alvaro                         William Reich


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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


Ms. Cawn made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2012, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Borja and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. Intramural Soccer has just begun. There are a total of 253 children between the ages of 3 to 12 enrolled at this time. It was noted that there are over 30 different programs/classes in Recreation. Mr. Estep noted that Shipwreck Cove is closed for the season. The structural steel of Shipwreck Cove will be checked due to its’ age. It was noted that converting the pool to a salt system is not permitted for commercial pools in Florida. It was also noted that about 200 people attended the 9/11 dedication ceremony.


Mr. Estep related that he, Mr. Benton and Mayor McCoy met with Barry University about our travel soccer team utilizing their athletic fields for practice, since they have lighting and this will free up space on our fields. Barry will get back to us with their reply to our request.


Discussion turned to the proposed 5k run. A proposed route that crosses NE 6th Avenue and 103rd Street was distributed to the Committee. The run will need about five police officers. Mr. Meltz would like to meet with Chief Lystad to see about the officers volunteering their time. It was noted that the race should be advertised possibly through Competitor magazine to solicit outside participants. It was suggested that the 5k run be scheduled for February. It is estimated that 30-40 volunteers and 15 staff will be needed. It was suggested that the race be postponed until next year to give time for organizing a quality event and to budget for the race. Mr. Marrocco has made a commitment of $1,000 for the 5k race. A tentative date of February 2nd has been set for the 5k. It was noted that high school students could be volunteers for the race and be given service hours in return.


Mr. Estep noted that the Fine Arts Commission will be sponsoring an artist reception on October 5; the Street Fair is scheduled for October 13 and the Mayor’s Ball will be on November 10.


The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.