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Opinion: Time for IVGID to do the right thing

So, it seems the answer to my earlier question regarding who or what owns our recreation facilities — Aug. 19 letter, “Who, or what, owns IVGID’s recreation amenities?” — is IVGID.

Given that answer, the following items come to mind:

Massive General Obligation Bonds in the millions of dollars and many years to pay down.

Numerous recreation and beach discounts to outsiders.

Taxing property owners for failing commercial recreation business enterprises.

Pie in the sky master plans for continued commercial business ventures.

“Guest” passes to “restricted” beaches.

Continued and growing recreation facility fees.

Many tens of millions of dollars of proposed new bonds.

Very expensive outside consultants with spend, spend, spend mentalities.

Possible unlawful transfers of monies between funds.

Possible unlawful obtaining of monies from property owners under false pretenses.

The list is long. And it continues to grow. But IVGID owns and holds title to all of our community’s recreation and beach facilities, and it looks like Incline’s property owners have no say in what IVGID does or does not do.

That said, maybe it’s time for IVGID to get out of the commercial recreation business and sell those so-called community amenities to professional sports corporations who know how to run them and how to make a profit, and get rid of the recreation fees entirely.

And maybe it’s time to return the beaches to their rightful owners, the property owners, and let them form their own HOA to manage them, and reduce the beach fees.

Then why not go just one more step and bring Crystal Bay residents into the fold so they, too, can enjoy the beaches. I imagine just a little unselfishness in this respect could possibly provide some long overdue community harmony.

Bill Casey

Incline Village