Sea Cololy HOA Quarterly Update
General Manager’s Quarterly Report
Courtesy of Tom Olson
August 12, 2017
We’re having a great summer! The beach is full, the fitness center bustling and tennis courts are packed. Our weekly bonfires, money hunts and the regular bingo nights are more popular than ever. To summarize: all recreational facilities have operated without interruption, our recreation, tennis and aquatics teams have planned and executed a full summer season and our Security, Housekeeping and Maintenance teams have been extremely busy in keeping Sea Colony’s facilities safe and ready for peak season activity. Our Security Department has also increased rules enforcement including the monitoring of Westway Drive traffic and badge checks at beach crossovers.
Sea Colony’s beach is in ideal condition. Although an unusuallate-July Nor’easter modestly reduced the size of the beach, wave action in the weeks that followed restored much of the lost sand. Interestingly, the town of Bethany Beach, whose beach has still not recovered from last winter’s storms, will be participating in a beach replenishment program during the off-season. Last spring we hired expert beach consultants to evaluate our beach. They recommended that we not pursue beach replenishment during this go-round. We’ll continue to keep an eye on our beach and adapt as conditions warrant.
Our lifeguards win and win and win. In addition to protecting swimmers at our 12 pools and the beach, Dave Griffith and his staff have been competing successfully in sanctioned regional and national lifeguard tournaments this summer. The Sea Colony team has won four tournaments this year including the US Lifeguards Association regional championships again. Dave Griffith also led our team to a 4th-place finish in the national championship held in Daytona Beach Florida. These results attest to the terrific team and attention to safety we have guarding our beach. We couldn’t be prouder!
Join the crowd and check out seacolony.com. Our website www.seacolony.com, with its package of current news and schedules, weather and the BeachCam, has recorded over 122,000 page views since May 1st, a 45 percent increase over 2016. Some of the increase is due to our new Tram Tracker link, which drew more than 9,600 visitors since it launched on Memorial Day.
It’s newer, bigger and better. The Freeman Fitness Center and the program directed by Jen Neal and her team continue to attract enthusiasm and increased traffic. From April through July, more than 36,000 people have used the Center. Visits included group aerobics, yoga, spin classes, as well as individual exercise in our fitness area and for swimming and playing in our pools. The Fitness Center outdoor pool has been particularly well received since re-opening this season.
Congratulations to Sheila Stamnas. In July, Sheila was promoted to fill the position of Retail Manager after the passing of Layne Hoover last spring. Sheila has rallied her team at the Beach Shoppe and the beachfront Umbrella and Chair rental locations. We’re seeing record sales and beach rentals. This is a good time to visit the Beach Shoppe and take advantage of our late-season sales and promotions before popular styles, sizes and home décor start to dwindle.
East Side parking’s still available. We continue to develop and expand the on-demand-parking program. Currently owners in three East Side phases can rent out their parking spaces to any owner. Going forward our goal is to streamline the process and eventually make it available to renters as well.
Look for Sea Colony on Facebook.. In addition to our seacolony.com website,we’re continually looking for ways to improve communication with our owners and guests. Our Facebook presence continues to grow with pages featuring the tennis, aquatics and fitness center programs and Sea Colony Rec Association activities. Another initiative involved new video feeds that loop every half-hour on the lobby televisions in the Fitness Center and Beach Shoppe. These feeds are promotional videos that highlight upcoming events and activities and a series of Did You Know FAQ’s. An Edgewater Security lobby TV is also being installed.
It’s important to remember however that communication is a two-way street. Give us your feedback on what we’re doing and what we should be doing. Click the Helpme(at)seacolony(dotted)com link, pick up a telephone or watch for our 2017 End of Season survey.
Safety-Priority #1. Since late June, Don Bowers and the Security staff have been monitoring traffic along Westway Drive between Kent Avenue and Coastal Highway. A total of 6,527 vehicles have been checked for proper passes with 2,097 denied access. The Security team has also responded to numerous incidents throughout the summer. The most significant was a fire in Edgewater House on June 10, when our security staff effectively assisted with building evacuation, traffic control and incident follow-up.
Hail to the champions. Congratulations to Thomas Johnston and his staff for coordinating a highly successful Women’s pro tournament. We had over 30 world ranked players representing 4 continents in the competition. Danielle Rose Collins of St. Petersburg, FL, a two-time NCAA champion, won the singles title, and Sabrina Santamaria (USA) and Abigail Tere Apisch of Papua-New Guinea were doubles winners, sharing part of the $25,000 prize money. In other tennis news, so far this year, the Sea Colony Tennis staff has hosted 769 clinics in addition to weekend camps and Nike Junior camps.
We’re also looking ahead with a full schedule. Circle Sept. 2 on your calendar, the day of the annual owners’ brunch, a festive, end-of-the-season celebration. We’re also looking forward to Sept. 5, when the families arrive for the annual Operation SEAs the Day beach week. Local communities, businesses and neighbors welcome wounded veterans and their families to the Quiet Resorts for six days of family bonding and recuperation. Sea Colony is a host and sponsor for this important and rewarding program, along with owners who donated their homes to these heroes. We also invite volunteers to help make this event a continued success. Contact Claudia Thayne (Claudia(dotted)Thayne(at)ResortQuest(dotted)com) or the Volunteer Opportunities section of the Operation Seas the Day website, (http://operationseastheday.org/volunteer-opportunities) if you’re interested.
Right after Labor Day, Jen Neal and her staff will focus on the off-season membership drive for the fitness center. We expect strong interest from the surrounding communities.
On Sept. 20, the Delaware Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop at Sea Colony. We are working with DelDOT and the Center for Inland Bays to redirect Pennsylvania Avenue in a way that creates more green space and better pollution control while enhancing the appearance of our East Side property. Check the Seacolony.com website for details.
Our contract for landscape maintenance expires in December, and we’re now interviewing candidates for a new, multi-year contract. Several capital projects include completing poolside bathroom renovations at Ocean pools 1 &2, Parking lot, repaving at the Tennis Center together with storm water /drainage enhancements and purchasing ownership of streetlights from the power company.
Sea Colony is a fun and busy place, which is just the way we like it. We also hope you’re taking time to enjoy all the amenities that Sea Colony has to offer!
Tom Olson, General Manager