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IVGID approves long-term master plan to improve Tahoe beaches

Crowds enjoy summer at Incline Beach during a previous year. In recent years, more and more people are visiting Incline VIllage's 3 main beaches.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In an effort to enhance the beachgoer experience, there is now a plan in place that will act as a long-term guide for capital improvements at IVGID’s popular beaches.

In unanimous decision on Feb. 24, the five-member Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees approved the IVGID Beaches Recreation Enhancement Opportunities Plan, which outlines multiple project recommendations based on user and worker feedback, observations and professional study.

“This isn’t about approval and initiation of projects today or even tomorrow,” explained Brad Johnson, director of asset management for IVGID. “This is about informing the long-term (next 10 to 15 years), and what should that investment look like over time.”

Some recommendations listed in the plan include:

• Improvement of entries and pedestrian access at all beach properties to expedite the check-in process and enhance safety.

• Replacement of the restroom/concession building at Incline Beach to create a beachfront hospitality zone.

• Provision of non-motorized watercraft storage and a formal launching area on the western side of Burnt Cedar Beach, similar to operations at Hermit Beach.

• Enhancement of the group and individual picnic and barbecue areas at all beach properties.

“No contracts are being awarded at this time,” Johnson assured the board. “You are not approving any individual projects. You are not directing staff to start construction or design on any individual projects. No specific capital projects are being approved at this time. … This is a planning document. It’s about informing future decisions.”

Further aiding possible beach investments are project cost estimates in the document.

For instance, the Incline Beach restroom/concession building replacement concept is estimated between $1.9 million to $2.2 million, whereas the Burnt Cedar Beach non-motorized watercraft storage concept is estimated at $3,000 per 20-unit storage rack.

“The current and future financial impacts are going to be dictated by the projects budgeted and authorized by this current board as well as future boards,” Johnson said. “ …. We’ve identified that if future boards and this board decide to invest in the beaches, this is where the most bang for the buck will come from.

“It does not identify any specific priorities; all these projects are nice to have, not have to have.”

In his motion to approve the plan, Trustee Jim Hammerel added that staff should return to the board at their earliest convenience with a preliminary implementation plan in an effort to avoid this document becoming “credenzaware” — i.e. a document approved with well intentions, but ultimately sits on a desk primarily for show.

It was this motion that the board approved unanimously.

The approval comes amid an era when IVGID’s beaches are perhaps at their most popular among residents and their guests.

For example, visits for the summer of 2014 at Incline, Ski and Burnt Cedar beaches were 177,504, according to a previous report, an increase of nearly 6 percent from 2013.

Further, in recent years, the number of visits on the Fourth of July alone at Incline’s beaches has neared the 12,000-person mark.

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