Rec Advisory Board Minutes Sept 10, 2012

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on September 10, 2012.


Members present:       Christia Alou White                 Kendra Borja

Kristin David Cawn                 Ron Marrocco            

Ken Whittaker


Members absent:        Angela Alvaro                         Mick Digeronimo

                                    Jonathan Meltz                       William Reich


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

Jesse Walters, Councilman               


The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.


Ms. Alou made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2012, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Borja and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. Registration for Intramural Soccer has just begun. The aftercare program has 75 enrolled with 40 on a waiting list. It was related that over the summer, the Recreation Dept. had an average of 330 campers per week, with 27 different camps being run. The main summer camp had an average of 150 campers per week. It was noted that this year there were 3 satellite locations for camps: Johnson & Wales (Fast Twitch camp), St. Rose of Lima Gymnasium (volleyball/basketball camps) and Doctors Charter School Cafetorium (gymnastics camps). Mr. Estep noted that as of August 25, 2012, the recreation department’s revenue was up $144,000 from FY 2011. Mr. Estep related that the Village’s new web page is now active.


Jesse Walters was introduced to the Committee members at this time. Mr. Walters thanked the Committee for their work.


Discussion turned to the 5k race that Mr. Meltz has suggested the Committee sponsor. It was noted that scheduling a race in October or November would be too soon, since there would not be enough time to advertise and solicit sponsors. About eight police officers will be needed for the event, and it is unlikely that they will volunteer their time. It was decided to table further discussion on a 5k until the October meeting.


Discussion turned to the 9/11 memorial dedication, which is scheduled for September 11th at Memorial Park with a moment of silence at 9:06 a.m. Mr. Estep said that about $10,000 was generated through fundraising to offset the costs of the memorial.


Mr. Estep said that the aquatic center lost about $240,000 this past year but noted that the concession showed a larger profit this year.

It was noted that on October 13th the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Street Fair from 4 pm – 8 pm on NE 2nd Avenue from 94 – 99 Street. There will be food trucks, a health care block, bounce houses, stage entertainment and artist exhibits. Mr. Walters noted that this year is the 80th anniversary of Miami Shores. There will be brunch at the Miami Shores Country Club for $19.32 and Miami Country Day will be sponsoring a run over the same weekend. It was also related that the Mayor’s Ball is scheduled for November 10th.


Discussion turned to new business. Mr. Marrocco asked what it would take for the Village to demolish the Recreation Center and rebuild a state of the art facility, including parking, an indoor gym, classrooms and offices. Mr. Estep said that due to the location of the septic system, nothing can be built on the east side of the center. It would require the Village to pass a bond to build a new Recreation Center, and the taxpayers are currently paying off two other bonds, one for the Aquatic Center and the other for Doctors Charter School. Mr. Estep estimates that it would cost $5 million for a small Community Center and $8 million for a large Community Center. It was noted that if the Village received grants to help build a facility, the facility would be open to the general public and the rates for residents and nonresidents would be the same.


Mr. Walters believes that a downtown sewer system is the next item that will go to bond. Mr. Walters said that there are only 10 storefronts that are open that have under 2000 square feet. A member commented that downtown Shores is not a pedestrian friendly area, not many retail stores/restaurants.


Finally, it was noted that the field marshal on the athletic fields will be reinstated.