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IVGID GM’s Corner: It’s safe to go into Raley’s again!

Steve Pinkerton
GM’s Corner
BEFORE: A look at Incline Beach at 6 a.m. on the Fourth of July, just prior to the gates opening.
Courtesy IVGID |

Yes, the 4th of July holiday has passed and summer life in Incline Village is back to normal (or as normal as normal gets).

Before we completely revert to normal, I want to thank our locals for putting together an incredible holiday weekend for all of our residents, property owners and guests.

Our 4th of July partner, Red, White and Tahoe Blue, organized and executed over 45 community-oriented events. I’ve been involved in special events for over 30 years, and I’ve never received so much positive feedback about an event from the hundreds of people I spoke with over the weekend.

Folks told me they loved the focus on community and our veterans. They enjoyed seeing all the local talent perform at Village Green, were thrilled with all of the kid activities, were impressed with all the community groups providing information and glad that the Village Green was open to the public without an admission fee.

A number of our out-of-town owners were amazed at the amount of different activities that could be put on by such a small community.

I echo all of those compliments and more. I don’t think there is another community, of our size, anywhere with the volunteer base we are privileged to enjoy here in Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Thank you to each and every volunteer who participated in these events — you are AMAZING!

And we at IVGID are thrilled that so many of our great public facilities are being used to benefit the public who pays for them!

So kudos to the Red, White and Blue Board and their great group of volunteers.

I’d also like to thank our IVGID staff for their efforts as well. We had hundreds of employees working long hours over the past week to make sure that all of our venues were welcoming to the ten thousand plus people who used our facilities over the holiday weekend.

On the 4th of July, we had staff preparing the beaches at 4 a.m. and staff working past midnight to ensure that our facilities were ready to serve the public the next day. We had staff working similar hours the entire four-day weekend.

This is my third 4th of July here at IVGID, and the demand for our venues is greater than ever. In spite of this mounting challenge, our staff, with some help from our new and improved point of sale systems, has greatly streamlined the process for renewing picture passes, punch cards and getting people to our venues and onto our beaches.

In conjunction with the Sheriff’s office, we’ve also continued to do our part to make sure transportation access to the beach and Village Green was as smooth as possible — which is a huge challenge given the capacity constraints of our roads near the beach. Traffic and parking restrictions on Village Boulevard and Incline Way helped to keep traffic flowing, even at peak times.

We also did what we could to promote fewer vehicles entering the beach zone. The IVGID Beach Shuttle more than doubled its ridership from last year’s holiday. There were over 600 passengers on the 4th of July alone.

And don’t forget, we will be running the Beach Shuttle every weekend through August 14. Go to this link — bit.ly/28R0RiP — to learn more about the Shuttle’s route and hours of service.

So thanks again to everyone who helped make the 4th of July such a great success. Tuesday, July 4, 2017,is only 362 days away!

We also want to thank our terrific partnering community agencies including the Washoe County Sheriff, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol, and the CERT Team — we know all that you do behind the scenes keeps everything running smoothly and our community members and their guests safe and sound — it is really appreciated!

We look forward to making next year’s event an even better experience for our community!

“GM’s Corner” is a recurring column from Incline Village General Improvement Distinct General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who will discuss issues and offer updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at steve_pinkerton@ivgid.org.