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.