Beach Access Exchange

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May 13, 2012 8 Comments ›› jimadmin

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Although I stand behind the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the 1968 deed restriction, I don’t believe that the beach issue needs to be divisive as it as. There are over 400 parcels that do not have beach access, and although the owners are informed and educated about the deed restriction prior to purchasing their property, it has still proven to drive a wedge between neighbors in our great community.

What I  recommend does three things; allows Crystal Bay residents and those without beach access to gain access, allows residents with beach access to receive a “refund” on their Recreational Fees, and generates revenue for IVGID. Does my win-win-win idea sound too good to be true? Here’s how I envision it working:

As a disclaimer, I’m not an attorney, nor am I attached to this idea in its entirety. It’s merely me brainstorming solutions to one of our most central problems. I’d be interested to see what you think of the idea by leaving me a comment below.

  • Irene and her husband Verne have a second home in Incline Village and have beach access.
  • Catz lives in Crystal Bay and doesn’t have beach access.
  • Irene and Verne have decided to spend the summer in Palm Springs and will only be visiting their Incline Village home once or twice all summer—a shame since they have $143 in recreational punch cards just sitting unused. They decide they’re going to put their recreation punch cards on the IVGID Exchange. IVGID promises to pay Irene and Verne 50% of face value if their punch cards are purchased. The other 50% is a fee IVGID charges to provide access to the Exchange and manage the billing/transaction.
  • Catz, on the other hand has a daughter getting married and wants to take her fiance and his family out to a nice picnic on the beach at the end of the month. Catz goes to the IVGID Exchange website and sees there is a punch card available and loaded with $143. Catz purchases the punch card for face value online the the value is automatically loaded onto his IVGID picture pass and is ready to use immediately.
  • The punch card’s credit allows Catz temporary guest privileges to the beach for his picnic. Once the $143 face value has been spent, the punch card is inactivated, the privileges revoked, and Catz will need to purchase additional guest punch passes on the Exchange.
  • Meanwhile, Irene and Verne receive notice from IVGID that their punch pass has been purchased and they’ll receive a $72 credit on their next IVGID Public Works bill.
  • Irene and Verne are happy their unused punch cards (that they paid for). didn’t go to waste. Catz is happy to treat his new family to a picnic at the beach. IVGID generated $71 in revenue for providing a conduit for the exchange of recreational punch cards.

I would estimate the cost to implement a system like this would cost several thousand dollars. Once the system is built, there would be little or no additional expense. The fees that IVGID generates from the Exchange will help pay for the system, then become cash flow positive for the district. The pay-off time would depend on the number of exchanges completed.

Obviously, my plan isn’t perfect, nor is it a permanent solution, but it does provide a win-win-win situation while bringing our community together a little at a time. What other out-of-the box ideas can we come up with to better our community? Let me know what you think in the comments area below.


  1. Barbara Weisend says:

    You just lost my vote.

    • Jim Hammerel says:

      Hi Barbara,
      I’m really interested in what turned you off about this. Like I mentioned, I’m not married to the idea. I’m merely trying to think of creative solutions where everyone can ‘win’. Do you have time to sit down and discuss and let me know what you think a good solution would be?

  2. Rob Boyle says:

    Well you just picked up two votes, not because of the specifics of the idea but for the reasoned attempt to solve it.

    • Jim Hammerel says:

      Thanks, Rob. There are lots of unheard ideas out there. I’d like to make it easier for people to come to an IVGID board meeting and present their idea. This would be a 180-degree turn from the negativity and in-fighting that we see now.

  3. Chuck Otto says:


    Are you aware that a similar solution was proposed about 4 years ago?
    A Committee of Frank Wright, Kroll (from Crystal Bay), Andy Wolf and
    myself along with Trustee Brockman and Bill Horn met a number of times,
    put together the proposal and presented to approximately 250 people at
    the Chateau. There was lively interaction and commentary—most of the
    Incline Residents soundly rejected the proposal (It too involved setting up
    an exchange of “punch cards”, Crystal Bay residents paying a fee and
    Incline Residents donating their unused cards.

    I was the presentor at the Chateau. The logics of the proposal were
    similar to your thought process—bring harmony to the Community,
    avoid a lawsuit, etc. The Board finally voted 3-2 against the proposal
    with, ironically, Brockman being the swing vote. Subsequently both
    Kroll and Wright filed lawsuits, a lot of money was spent and the legal
    decision was made.

    At this point, I don’t think the subject should be re-visited.


    • Jim Hammerel says:

      Hi Chuck. Yes, I’m aware that a similar situation was discussed a few years ago and it was voted down 3-2 by the board. I think a big difference between what was proposed/voted down and what I’m suggesting is that the Incline residents who offer up their punch cards are reimbursed for them.

      The comment I hear most from Incline residents who don’t want Crystal Bay residents on “their” beaches is that they feel like they’ve paid for them for all these years and they’re not about to just “give them up.” I think pocketing some of your beach fees back gives residents a sense that they’re being reimbursed in some way for allowing Crystal Bay residents access.

      At the end of the day, and I’ve said this many times, I think there’s a solution out there that can unite our community instead of divide it, and allow our neighbors in Crystal Bay restricted access to the beaches. Being that you were involved in the process, what ideas do you have?


  4. Chuck Otto says:


    You are correct—our proposal did not include I.V. residents being paid for
    their passes. We were told that this was off limits as Ordinance 7 specifically
    prohibits the “selling” of punch passes.

    I would now let sleeping dogs lie. The courts have spoken. I really don’t think we have a big problem and re-raising the issue will only bring more controversy to the topic. There are only a handful of C.B. residents who
    want to keep this topic alive. Several of them have cost the District considerable time and money defending the 1968 Deed. And, as a practical
    matter, if a CB resident really wants beach access and they have any friends
    in Incline, obtaining a punch pass is rather easy to do.


    • Jim Hammerel says:

      Thanks again for your input and insight, Chuck. The way I interpreted Ordinance 7 was that individuals couldn’t sell passes to each other, but IVGID had the sole authority to transfer passes. At any rate, I think there’s a quiet majority of people who wish there was an alternative to the status quo.

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