What is Colonial Beach's Current Imag...

What is Colonial Beach's Current Image? What Image would You want it to have?

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UnitedWeStand

King George, VA

#1 Mar 11, 2012
What Do You All Think?
Taurus

Saluda, VA

#2 Mar 11, 2012
I think the Revitalization Committee has a nice plan for future development.
Beachy One

Hyattsville, MD

#3 Mar 12, 2012
Colonial Beach is not on the radar as a resort destination. We NEED to push the fact that we're the 2nd largest beach in the state of Virginia. We NEED to be more welcoming to visitors with signs saying, "WELCOME TO COLONIAL BEACH" - "PLEASE ENJOY YOUR STAY". While dining at Lenny's recently, I noticed a number of old photos hanging on the wall from the 1930's and 1940's where the beach was crowded - people were elbow to elbow. This was pre-slot machines and visitors were flocking to Colonial Beach. Why did they stop coming? The sand beach is still here. The Potomac River is still here. The ambiance is still here. We need more visitors and commerce in our sleepy little town.
Just Wondering

Waldorf, MD

#4 Mar 12, 2012
Well, as stated in an article not too long ago, I believe CB has the image as a "scruffy" little town. I live in CB and there are many things that contribute to this image. The low income housing is the first on the list. I am not putting anyone down, people have to do what they need to do to get by, but people living out of hotels is not what people want to see when looking into visiting a town. The infrastructure of CB is outdated at best. Although there are MANY beautiful houses in CB, there are just as many that are dilapidated and not attractive. To be honest most people in CB like it the way it is and do not want it to change. They do not want outsiders to come in and ruin/change their town.
Schlep

United States

#5 Mar 12, 2012
The 'sand' is actually rocks; crabs are close to being completely decimated; in the '30's there were Beer Halls, and people walked around.

What's to bring them here? No cooking on the beach [used to be able to do this]; cannot crab without boo-koo permit(s) AND forget Beer Halls and walks. Red Cups are NOT a good idea anymore....
smartass

Tacoma, WA

#6 Mar 12, 2012
Schlep wrote:
The 'sand' is actually rocks; crabs are close to being completely decimated; in the '30's there were Beer Halls, and people walked around.
What's to bring them here? No cooking on the beach [used to be able to do this]; cannot crab without boo-koo permit(s) AND forget Beer Halls and walks. Red Cups are NOT a good idea anymore....
Dont forget the building of Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Access to OC, cool bars, sandy beaches, shopping and fun events.
Beachy One

Hyattsville, MD

#7 Mar 12, 2012
smartass wrote:
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Dont forget the building of Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Access to OC, cool bars, sandy beaches, shopping and fun events.
Agree, however, we are just an hour and a half from DC - very easy commute for weekenders not wanting to spend their weekend sitting in traffic backups particularly on the Bay Bridge. In an earlier post, I had forgotten that a reporter referred to us as a scruffy little beach town - ouch.
Trying to Help

Mclean, VA

#8 Mar 12, 2012
It just appears that other competing beach locations have better attractions. If one really looks at these areas (Rehoboth, Ocean City, Va. Beach, Outer Banks, etc.) there are many restaurants, youth activities, CLEAN environments, superb shopping experiences and multiple accomodations that draw today's crowd. We have lost the "beach" battle - our town lacks the qualities that these environments have. Our beaches are not as clean and the quality of the sand is not competitive. Our waters are not as clean and inviting. BUT, we do have attractions that could build our community and we could thrive. We have over 85 rooms in our rental cottages and bed and breakfasts - they are not fully occupied even in the summer. We have over 55 rooms in our vintage hotels but they are not even 30% occupied. We need to reach out and attract the visitor who would really appreciate what we have that the Rehoboths of the world don't. We have tons of history around our community (Wakefield, Stratford Hall, Monroe's birth place, Fredericksburg)and targeted visitors could come and enjoy the peacefullness of our community while they visited these history marks. We have a rich presence of Ospreys and a bird sanctuary is near by - why not attract people who have this interest to visit our town. Our town is perfect for families to visit to bike around town, leisurely dine in our restaurants and visit our vintage shops. We need to aggressively market to a different visitor, a visitor who appreciates what we REALLY offer. Our water-side presence is beautiful and attractive but we are not the "beach" town of today but we are something special. We need to reach out and show the world what we really are.
smartass

Tacoma, WA

#9 Mar 12, 2012
I'm with you "Beachy One"... I think CB is a nice, slower paced alternative. Having said that, we need more to entice folks.
Schlep

United States

#10 Mar 12, 2012
We had a water slide; we've tried on-going summer Carnival Rides; Still have the BEST Firetruck parade around; even the jet-ski tourney drew more negativity than what was spent in town. What happened to the 'Ed Sloper' Rockfish tourney?

With the price of GAS, you can stay in downtown Fredericksburg; walk, dine, loads of history, CB is a day trip destination, not an overnighter!!!
Beachy One

Hyattsville, MD

#11 Mar 12, 2012
Trying to Help wrote:
It just appears that other competing beach locations have better attractions. If one really looks at these areas (Rehoboth, Ocean City, Va. Beach, Outer Banks, etc.) there are many restaurants, youth activities, CLEAN environments, superb shopping experiences and multiple accomodations that draw today's crowd. We have lost the "beach" battle - our town lacks the qualities that these environments have. Our beaches are not as clean and the quality of the sand is not competitive. Our waters are not as clean and inviting. BUT, we do have attractions that could build our community and we could thrive. We have over 85 rooms in our rental cottages and bed and breakfasts - they are not fully occupied even in the summer. We have over 55 rooms in our vintage hotels but they are not even 30% occupied. We need to reach out and attract the visitor who would really appreciate what we have that the Rehoboths of the world don't. We have tons of history around our community (Wakefield, Stratford Hall, Monroe's birth place, Fredericksburg)and targeted visitors could come and enjoy the peacefullness of our community while they visited these history marks. We have a rich presence of Ospreys and a bird sanctuary is near by - why not attract people who have this interest to visit our town. Our town is perfect for families to visit to bike around town, leisurely dine in our restaurants and visit our vintage shops. We need to aggressively market to a different visitor, a visitor who appreciates what we REALLY offer. Our water-side presence is beautiful and attractive but we are not the "beach" town of today but we are something special. We need to reach out and show the world what we really are.
Well said Trying to Help!
Beachy One

Hyattsville, MD

#12 Mar 12, 2012
Someone in an earlier post mentioned the water slide on the boardwalk which was a favorite. The Putt, Putt brought families to the boardwalk as did the rides such as the train, the Whip and the Little Dipper. Bicycle riding is still enjoyed by many along with CB being a golf cart town. Love to see folks pull over on the river side of the beach and the bay side to simply take in the views. We still have alot, we simply need more.
smartass

Tacoma, WA

#13 Mar 12, 2012
Trying to Help wrote:
It just appears that other competing beach locations have better attractions. If one really looks at these areas (Rehoboth, Ocean City, Va. Beach, Outer Banks, etc.) there are many restaurants, youth activities, CLEAN environments, superb shopping experiences and multiple accomodations that draw today's crowd. We have lost the "beach" battle - our town lacks the qualities that these environments have. Our beaches are not as clean and the quality of the sand is not competitive. Our waters are not as clean and inviting. BUT, we do have attractions that could build our community and we could thrive. We have over 85 rooms in our rental cottages and bed and breakfasts - they are not fully occupied even in the summer. We have over 55 rooms in our vintage hotels but they are not even 30% occupied. We need to reach out and attract the visitor who would really appreciate what we have that the Rehoboths of the world don't. We have tons of history around our community (Wakefield, Stratford Hall, Monroe's birth place, Fredericksburg)and targeted visitors could come and enjoy the peacefullness of our community while they visited these history marks. We have a rich presence of Ospreys and a bird sanctuary is near by - why not attract people who have this interest to visit our town. Our town is perfect for families to visit to bike around town, leisurely dine in our restaurants and visit our vintage shops. We need to aggressively market to a different visitor, a visitor who appreciates what we REALLY offer. Our water-side presence is beautiful and attractive but we are not the "beach" town of today but we are something special. We need to reach out and show the world what we really are.
Well said..bars and nightlife won't simply cut it. Those things are nice but we're good to go in that capacity. Besides, CB will never be a college kid attracting "spring break" community, nor should it. We must realize what we have to offer, expand on it and attract the right folks. Marketing our town has never been our strongest suit.
Schlep

United States

#14 Mar 12, 2012
Beachy One wrote:
...mentioned the water slide on the boardwalk which was a favorite...Putt, Putt...rides such as the train, the Whip and the Little Dipper...
The reason we do not have 'rides' is liability insurance. Whether covered by the town or company, it's too prohibitive to be cost effective for the small amount of $$ in return, let alone the manpower / electric needed to run them. Hell, gas-run rides are things of the long-ago past....they've turned into golf carts.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#15 Mar 12, 2012
We pay double taxes to live in town and as always, where is the money going??
Clean-up around/thru town is done mostly by volunteers.
The schools are horrible and running in the red.
The majority of the posts talk about the corrupt police and rescue squad members.
We need someone with management and supervisory skills to over-see the day to day operations of the town. We're lucky to have our town manager/whatever title they wear, keep up on anything!
Rockfish

Arlington, VA

#16 Mar 13, 2012
Look at the demographics, a disproportion of low income persons on welfare. Substance abuse in the form of alcohol...how many drinking clubs does one small town need..VFW, Eagles, Legion, Moose all without any taxation to the town. Poorly managed local government at the top. A school system that is doing its kids a dis-service by remaining open...funds could be spent to build on social and family activities...The one thing the town does have is the Potomac river and tributaries which is the only real draw for the town. Yet even though that is apparent the town does nothing to advertise its strength. Have you ever read and ad in the Richmond Times or Washington Post for the town? Not in years...Where is the money from lodging going, is it still going to tourism? or the general fund?
Caution

Gloucester, VA

#17 Mar 13, 2012
Lodging taxes go to the General Fund. The town doesn't even have energy to implement lodging taxes on cottages which are transient lodging just like the motels and B&Bs. The lodgers pay taxes and the owners keep a share. Time to fix this---cottages should be taxed as soon as possible.

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#18 Mar 13, 2012
First of all comparing Virginia Beach and Colonial Beach is like comparing one of our motels and a 20 story luxury high rise hotel on the oceanfront. Have you been to VB lately? Para sailing, cruises, jet ski and bike rentals, whale watching, dolphins,all kinds of things for all ages to do. Restaurants galore, competing for your dollar with cheap prices. Clean, safe beaches. Trash emptied frequently. Beach raked every morning. Visitors welcomed with open arms. Shows, concerts almost every day during the season. Accommodation for all budgets. Lifeguards,people walking and jogging at all hours. Bike riding, skating, walking pets, pushing babies, Night life, they got it too. Not like these crappy red neck joints that want to fight at the drop of a hat. Ship watching, people watching, places to sit, places to cook out. CB is what it is, a sleep retirement town, run by corruption, double taxing it's residents for all the great?? services they provide.
newby

King George, VA

#19 Mar 13, 2012
Well, I just moved here, and find it quaint. Sure, it has it's minuses but I am very excited about becoming a member of this town. I keep hearing about double taxation. We are not really paying full Westmoreland County taxes. I knew all of this when I decided to buy here. I plan on being a part of the community and will be vocal about the run down houses, until something is done about it. I agree that the rental cottages should pay the taxes allocated to motels and hotels, but at least these properties are for the most part in pretty good shape. Some of the people complaining about all the bad things in Colonial Beach, can vote with their feet and move.
Who da

Warsaw, VA

#20 Mar 13, 2012
newby wrote:
Some of the people complaining about all the bad things in Colonial Beach, can vote with their feet and move.
you think you are foooling Newby with talk like that!

Those that truely love this town do not speak like that.

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