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The Truth

Gloucester, VA

#1 Nov 6, 2011
Through out this site I often see quotes in regards to the businesses the town doesnt have. The town not having businesses for the kids to enjoy, and so on. I know of a group of investors looking into the Colonial Beach area. If you would take a moment, please sit down and think about what type of businesses you would like to see in the town and would support. Remember, it has to be economically feasable for someone to invest their money and time into. Im serious and would like for this post to stay that way. Please keep it possitive and I will do my best to move the community in a positive direction.
BEnd

Gloucester, VA

#2 Nov 6, 2011
My suggestion would be a bowling alley. It is great exercise for all ages. Open all year for birthday parties, date night for young and old, leagues, family recreation and twilight/extreme bowling, etc…With the nearest being in Fredericksburg, and with the price of gas I’m sure others in surrounding counties would even to come to participate. It would create a few local jobs and even give our tourists something to do in the evenings. I appreciate your initiative.
The Truth

Gloucester, VA

#3 Nov 6, 2011
Thank you "BEnd". Lets keep it going and see what all we can come up with.
csand

Gloucester, VA

#4 Nov 6, 2011
Bowling Alley. It provides activity for all ages at all hours.
Yea

Warsaw, VA

#5 Nov 6, 2011
More Antiques and galleries, preppy/maritime clothing, marine supply store and boutique-like specialty shops.
Just Me

Wicomico, VA

#6 Nov 6, 2011
Bowling alley, maybe with a small movie theatre
John G

United States

#7 Nov 6, 2011
A regional fire/emt/ems/first responder training academy where the "golf course community" was to be built. That training site would then be able to support a bowling alley, theatre, local eating and watering holes ect, provide local jobs and support all the other crazy ideas that are sure to be posted.
doing time in cb

King George, VA

#8 Nov 6, 2011
who wants to Pay DOUBLE TAX and pay for a Business Sign and this Dirty Town the Offer nothing the PO po is Pigs they be profiling how bouts bring another Mc Donalds on da board walk
Question

Warsaw, VA

#9 Nov 6, 2011
John G wrote:
A regional fire/emt/ems/first responder training academy where the "golf course community" was to be built. That training site would then be able to support a bowling alley, theatre, local eating and watering holes ect, provide local jobs and support all the other crazy ideas that are sure to be posted.
So whoever does this should bring to town the money and proposal. Where is another, where is the closest training facility? Who funds it?
Question

Warsaw, VA

#10 Nov 6, 2011
Just Me wrote:
Bowling alley, maybe with a small movie theatre
I don't believe that we have the demographics to support either. The movie theater that folks mention frequently
is absurd....Net-flex, your home computer,the library,cable,PBS,I-phones all offer movies at minimal prices. The last time I went to a movie theater, it cost me $10 admission. God knows that popcorn is a fortune---get it at home and pop the corn in your microwave. For a movie date, go to F'burg. For bowling, go to F'burg. If you lived in Northern VA, it takes most folks at least 30 minutes to get to a movie or bowling alley.
whos talkin now

Alexandria, VA

#11 Nov 6, 2011
Just Me wrote:
Bowling alley, maybe with a small movie theatre
Agreed...a bowling alley, small movie theatre AND a putt putt along the beach front. We had one for years in front of Reno. Remember being there many a day. The water slide on the boardwalk was a favorite as well.
The Truth

Gloucester, VA

#12 Nov 6, 2011
John G wrote:
A regional fire/emt/ems/first responder training academy where the "golf course community" was to be built. That training site would then be able to support a bowling alley, theatre, local eating and watering holes ect, provide local jobs and support all the other crazy ideas that are sure to be posted.
This is one I had not thought of "John G". I like it, although I dont think the location would work due to the millions it would cost to purchase the property. The golf course community will still be built in time with a better economy. Developments like that are getting very hard to get approved and that is all set on paper. Mr. Obama would call it shovel ready :). Remember, crazy ideas are what have taken the richest people in the world to where they are.
John G

United States

#13 Nov 6, 2011
I'd also put some thought into a water rescue training/certification site...uses less real estate.

Since: May 10

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#14 Nov 6, 2011
John G wrote:
A regional fire/emt/ems/first responder training academy where the "golf course community" was to be built. That training site would then be able to support a bowling alley, theatre, local eating and watering holes ect, provide local jobs and support all the other crazy ideas that are sure to be posted.
Good idea. One thing they will be looking for is lodging for personnel on travel orders, though.

Since: May 10

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#15 Nov 6, 2011
whos talkin now wrote:
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Agreed...a bowling alley, small movie theatre AND a putt putt along the beach front. We had one for years in front of Reno. Remember being there many a day. The water slide on the boardwalk was a favorite as well.
The key point here is that a redevelopment of the boardwalk, targeting seasonal visitors but with some attractions that have year round appeal is essential to the Town's overall economic health. Without a profitable boardwalk and the tourists it will attract, we don't have a Town. That piece of real estate has always been a good barometer for the Town's overall fiscal health. When it was doing well in bygone days, the Town was in good shape too. When it faltered after the loss of slots, the Town did too. However, as long as it was doing a good summer business in latter years, the Town did OK and was able to get by-albeit nothing like the heydays of the days of ferries and slots. Once everything was razed, the Town began a slow decline to where it sits today. I continue to believe a search for a developer that is willing to take on the boardwalk as a joint venture has to be a top priority.
whos talkin now

Alexandria, VA

#16 Nov 6, 2011
Tim Curtin wrote:
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The key point here is that a redevelopment of the boardwalk, targeting seasonal visitors but with some attractions that have year round appeal is essential to the Town's overall economic health. Without a profitable boardwalk and the tourists it will attract, we don't have a Town. That piece of real estate has always been a good barometer for the Town's overall fiscal health. When it was doing well in bygone days, the Town was in good shape too. When it faltered after the loss of slots, the Town did too. However, as long as it was doing a good summer business in latter years, the Town did OK and was able to get by-albeit nothing like the heydays of the days of ferries and slots. Once everything was razed, the Town began a slow decline to where it sits today. I continue to believe a search for a developer that is willing to take on the boardwalk as a joint venture has to be a top priority.
Well said my friend...and thank you!
Kennis

Bronx, NY

#17 Nov 6, 2011
Have you visited the Travel Explosion website lately?
The Truth

Gloucester, VA

#18 Nov 7, 2011
John G wrote:
I'd also put some thought into a water rescue training/certification site...uses less real estate.
John, I think this is also a great idea. We have the perfect environment for such a site. We have all types of water in the area. From tidal to non tidal. Deep and shallow water. Rapids as close as Fredericksburg. Keep the ideas coming.
The Truth

Gloucester, VA

#19 Nov 7, 2011
Tim Curtin wrote:
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The key point here is that a redevelopment of the boardwalk, targeting seasonal visitors but with some attractions that have year round appeal is essential to the Town's overall economic health. Without a profitable boardwalk and the tourists it will attract, we don't have a Town. That piece of real estate has always been a good barometer for the Town's overall fiscal health. When it was doing well in bygone days, the Town was in good shape too. When it faltered after the loss of slots, the Town did too. However, as long as it was doing a good summer business in latter years, the Town did OK and was able to get by-albeit nothing like the heydays of the days of ferries and slots. Once everything was razed, the Town began a slow decline to where it sits today. I continue to believe a search for a developer that is willing to take on the boardwalk as a joint venture has to be a top priority.
Tim, I agree that this area of town is very important. We need to get the land away from town ownership and let free enterprise bring it back to life. The town has such a reputation for being difficult to work with, I dont know if a public/private partnership could ever work. But who knows, lets keep the ideas flowing and see if we can get a ball or two rolling in the right direction.
whatever

Warsaw, VA

#20 Nov 7, 2011
Tim Curtin wrote:
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The key point here is that a redevelopment of the boardwalk, targeting seasonal visitors but with some attractions that have year round appeal is essential to the Town's overall economic health. Without a profitable boardwalk and the tourists it will attract, we don't have a Town. That piece of real estate has always been a good barometer for the Town's overall fiscal health. When it was doing well in bygone days, the Town was in good shape too. When it faltered after the loss of slots, the Town did too. However, as long as it was doing a good summer business in latter years, the Town did OK and was able to get by-albeit nothing like the heydays of the days of ferries and slots. Once everything was razed, the Town began a slow decline to where it sits today. I continue to believe a search for a developer that is willing to take on the boardwalk as a joint venture has to be a top priority.
The "heydays" were less than 10 years. Times have changed.
The planning underway with the Revitalization grant effort may be the answer. We must have a plan for the boardwalk area, not just the boardwalk. Once the vision is in place, then we should actively seek investors. Once a plan is in place, investors are more likely to be interested

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