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Crustaceans Denied
Shirley King | Avenida Primavera


Mrs. Robinson at the July 9, 2013 Summer Twilight Concert in Powerhouse Park, presented by the Del Mar Foundation.
Photo Bill Morris.  Click to enlarge.

The County’s 2013-14 Community Enhancement Program received 350 applications, 78 from District Three, of which three Del Mar organizations were awarded funds – the Del Mar Foundation, the Del Mar Village Association and the Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce. The grant funds are derived from a set percent of the countywide Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenues. The heavyweights of TOT in San Diego County are the Lawrence Welk Resort, Sycuan Casino, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Morgan Run, Pala Mesa, and Rancho Valencia.

The goal of the Community Enhancement Program is to stimulate tourism, promote the economy, create jobs, and/or a better quality of life. This cycle each District had $536,000 to distribute to cultural activities, museums, visitor and convention bureaus, economic development councils, and other similar institutions/organizations, including County programs and projects, which promote and generate tourism and/or economic development within San Diego County. After two days of public hearings before the entire Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Dave Roberts, his policy staff and five community volunteers convened in a public meeting at the Encinitas City Hall to assign the award amounts to District Three applicants.

All three Del Mar award recipients sent representatives to speak publicly before the Board of Supervisors - Jill McDonald and T. Pat Stubbs of the Del Mar Foundation; Richard Earnest of the Del Mar Village Association and Nancy Wasko of the Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce - a good move on the part of these groups – showing up counts. The Foundation requested $10,000 for the Powerhouse Park Summer Twilight Concert Series – its free longstanding, popular, multigenerational swinging-to-the-beat music concerts - was awarded $5,000; The Village Association requested $15,000 for the Annual Del Mar Taste and Art Stroll, Annual Summer Solstice and Annual Holiday Wonderland and Tree Lighting – the out-in-the-open convergence of our local businesses, restaurants and the public with a broad assortment of intergenerational activities - was awarded $10,000, and the Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce (San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce) requested $19,300 for its Visitor Center operations, the Annual Lobster Festival, its Legislative Reception, its Annual Business Expo –‘where business meets opportunity’ - was awarded $1,800. With the award decisions a qualification was emphasized that no funds should be applied to such events as a Lobster Festival – nothing against crustaceans, but rather a little suggestive of indulgence.

Thank you to the workhorses of San Diego County’s hospitality industry especially the top producer, Lawrence Welk Resort, with its nostalgic image of the bubble machine and champagne music for contributing to the vitality to our community.


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