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Candidates From page 6 done to stimulate it, in all honesty, is not something that I can answer myself and would encourage busi- ness owners to please chat me so that we can work together on an answer. The thing that I come back to is "water." We need tour- ism so that out residents have jobs, but bringing more people to the island depletes our most precious resource at an accelerated rate. I'm not saying that nothing should be done to attract more people to our beautiful home, I just think we need to find a balance until which time we are not so worried about a low water supply. Thank you for your support, I'm totally here for you guys. -: Ann Marshal (Mayoral candidate) First of all I would like to congratulate the many businesses spending thou- sands of advertis- ing dollars over and above their contributions to the Chamber of Commerce. Individually and through partner- ing they create their own websites, use social media such as Trip Advisor, Yelp and Groupon and produce their own packages, pro- motions and print media. Other media gurus are creating Aps, which are of no cost to local busi- nesses. Of course the Catalina Express' large atl-~mpaigns on radio, tele- i visiort and billboards are priceless I commodities to businesses big and smal~oor~y for the success of the ~da~ promotion and all those who participate. I am no marketing genius, how- ever, I believe there are a number of computer and marketing savvy residents working directly with the Chamber and many work- ing independently to promote our island's offerings. We need to tap the local talent, those who live in Avalon and understand our com- munity, to develop additional mar- keting strategies, resulting in an increased visitor count. We have seen the success of the Zip Line, our ongoing water activ- ities; scuba, snorkeling, biking, kayaking fishing and hiking expe- ditions, to name a few. Perhaps we could consider additional recre- ational experiences to entice addi- tional and return visitors. As you know, some of the recreational experiences are experienced one or two times max. We should con- tinually develop activities for our island guests. The Catalina Island Museum continually changes their exhibitions, which are proven to be financially advantageous. We have numerous athletic events for the runners and mara- thoners, however additional com- munity events and festivals should be developed. Private business, outside promoters, the City of Avalon and Chamber should 'work together in developing an event strategy. Bob Kennedy (Mayoral can- didate) The tour- ist economy in Avalon is improv- ing. After many years of visitor count declines the rebound is underway. This rebound is a result of new promo- tions, venues, renovations and the healing of our bay. The city's role in stimulating the economy should be limited to providing a business friendly environment. We can and should assist free enterprise in getting new promising draws to the~community off the ground. The city needs to be clean and well maintained. We have spent quite some time and resources in improving our public image. Our Beaches and water quality is the number one draw to visitors. We must continue these efforts. There is more to be done! The city has been working in creat- ing a welcoming environment for our visitors. We have been work- ing with stakeholders in creating new events and reasons to visit our Island. Our city's solvency depends on visitor related taxes and fees. We need to remain a player at the table driving our visi- tor counts and continue to ensure a quality product provided to the residents and those that visit our community. Ralph Morrow The city of Avalon is 100 years old with infrastruc- ture even older. William Wrigley had a vision to create an island destination for families. Major development dur- ing the 1920's and 1930's attracted visitors; beginning the hay day of tourism. It appears the Wrigley family is into upgrading for this generation. I believe the changes being made in the last seven years ( even though very painful to some) will stimulate the Island economy for the future. This is the time for the city, residents, Island company, conser- vancy; to come together as a com- Before you go back to the mainland Subscribe today. P.O. Box 420 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510-2882 Avalon Recreation offers sports and volunteer opportunities The following activities are offered through the Avalon Recreation Department: Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels Seek Volunteers Senior Meals & Meals on Wheels are programs supported by the City of Avalon and run solely by independent volunteers. These volunteers help set up the Senior Meals at Singing Waters, pick up meals from restaurants, and deliver meals to homebound program participants. The programs are seeking new volunteers to help their organiza- tion to continue. New volunteers are asked to donate their time one or more days a week, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m For more information, call Jen Monroe at (310) 510-0220 ext. 230. Gymnastics and Flag Football The Avalon Recreation Department is offering ongoing youth Gymnastics Classes for ages 3-17. A professional gymnast trav- els to the island every two weeks for the class, and lessons continue year-round. Flag Football will run a short season for third- to fifth-graders through February. The winter season will them move to Fall next year to coin- cide with the high school football season. The registration for both pro- grams can be found at cityofa- valon.com or at the Recreation Department at City Hall. For more information, call (310) 510- 0220 ext.230. Island Radio Classes Begin KISL 88.7 FM will be offer- ing a free series of classes for anyone interested in hosting their own radio show. The classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings in the Island Radio Greenhouse, City Park, and begin on February 24. In three short meetings you will' learn to share your music, thoughts, and spar- kling personality with the world through FM radio broadcasting and the Internet. For more infor- mation call Marko at 310-782- 4425 or marko@kislavalo. munity to understand the plan for the future. In the last 20 years the visitor count has remained mostly unchanged or decreasing. Cruise ships have been the major change in tourism. Without upgrading our community we will find a decreas- ing economy not good. GEN [III-TIIII $1-[[S Ili'-Slqit-[XTilll Repairs I New Const I Remodel I Tenant Improvement AVALOH 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 Fri&i ,; Fei r ]arY 2:i,26 ;4 i7 THE CATALINA ISLANDER