November 30, 2011It has taken us 5 long years, the work of Ken Malley, Carey Kirk and their committees, 5 separate Executive Boards, 7 votes of the Membership, 2 General Managers to get us here but we have arrived. We will see the first phase of our Land Development project start with the razing of the Paape and Erkmann Houses on Friday. That is right. The bulldozer is scheduled to start work this Friday. The construction crews are meeting with the City officials today to map out root protection zones and sediment control structures. Once this is done, the fences go up and the work begins.
We are working through the final issues needed to get our permits for Juanitaville Mobile Estates and construction permits for the Club House. We should have them in hand in the next 2 or 3 weeks. This may delay the occupation of our temporary facility by a few days but real progress is being made.
In the meantime, mark your calendar for December 17. We will hold a short meeting at the Club to vote for next year's slate of officers at 5 p.m. followed by a Happy Hour and the Annual Holiday Party. Remember the Holiday Party is a Pot Luck affair. So plan those dishes now.
The Club House will be open for the Annual Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade. Pete Chambliss and his Elves have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year's parade. I am told that it will be bigger and better than ever. The Elves did hit one snag. The contractor who was to supply the barge from which to shoot the fireworks went out of business last week and has left us high and dry, or maybe I should say all wet. As we all know you cannot shoot wet fireworks. Due to the short time frame, we have been unable to secure another barge so we must reluctantly cancel the fireworks display this year. But the PARADE WILL GO ON!!