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Opinion: Should an IVGID-Crystal Bay divorce be pursued?

Bob Sendall
Special to the Bonanza

The Bonanza opinion column by Bill Echols on October 13th — Pinkerton’s stance on IVGID rec fee ‘grossly unfair’ — implies the IVGID Rec Fee is a new situation established by IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton.

The title of his article suggests it is “Pinkerton’s stance” that has resulted in the Rec Fee which Bill thinks is “grossly unfair.” I take umbrage with that title and the constant ubiquitous unfounded attacks on IVGID that seem to be ongoing.

I have spent many decades visiting Tahoe, owning property on South Shore in the ‘60s, a timeshare in Incline for 20 years starting in the ‘80s, and having bought the condo where I now live in ‘92. The years in Incline have been wonderful with no regrets for the “unfair rec fee.”

Incline Village was designed in the ‘60s as a recreation community for the residents, and not as a place for recreation businesses to make a profit. It was not meant to be a Vail, or Squaw Valley, or we would have avoided IV.

Having many recreation facilities as part of Incline is part of its personality. It is the reason that most buy property in Incline. They should realize there is a “Rec Fee” which gives them preferred access to the facilities. When possible, on a non-interference basis, we count on the tourist trade to help support many of these facilities.

Residents do not have to use all the facilities to enjoy this environment. Some of the facilities add to the beauty and serenity of the village by providing large green areas. They certainly improve property values.

Many are mostly enjoyed by the youth or younger residents, but it is all part of the community ambiance. Sadly, Washoe County and the IVGID board decided to combine the CBGID with IVGID to solve a sewer problem for Crystal Bay.

They did this without really thinking out the impact on the Recreation Facilities. We now have antagonists from Crystal Bay constantly complaining about IVGID and the Rec Fee and hear very little from those in Crystal Bay who support the marriage. Should a divorce be pursued?

While I would like to continue with comments on the various venues, and especially on the way punch cards are issued and used, that will have to wait for a later letter. I would like to make it clear I was as impressed with Jane Bekowich’s Oct. 7 letter to the editor — “IVGID needs to address beach access abuse” — addressing Beach Access, and I was disappointed in Bill Echols’ article.

Bob Sendall is an Incline Village resident.