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LBMA Meeting Nov. 2, 2012

Long Beach Merchants Association Meeting | November 2, 2012 | Benson’s Restaurant

CALL TO ORDER at 9:00 am.

MINUTES approved for October Holly Beller Sherry Hash September Holly Beller RuthAnn Hocking

TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Ruth Ann Hocking.



  • Membership $85
  • Officers nominated

Sec. Wendy Murry
Treasurer Lacie Dewitt
Board Director 1 open seat Nominated Ruth Ann

  • Merchant trailers ~ 8×16 $3445 ~ 8×24 $5025Office trailers 2 in Seattle Michael Myers offered to pick one up need another person to pick up #2 Holly and Jane will be in area and take a look see if they fit our needs. See about negotiating lesser cost or modifications.Tim Predlow Pacific Energy sponsored by PAC and EDC and Pack 5 is a government funded program to conserve energy and create a jobs incentive program for residences and businesses. Free low cost audit by the PUD or will provide $200 for larger groups. After Initial evaluation money will be available to make energy efficient changes.


  • Beach to Chowder and the Discovery Trail Half Marathon. Nothing new
  • Doggie Olympic Games.  No report.
  • Sandsations Holly – Jenny is on board Charlie will support thinking of moving some sand around to different pocket parks
  • Jake’s Birthday.  All is on track.
  • Kite Festival. Don Nisbette designing t shirt, Iquad Kite team will do 100 person event, big and spectacular.  Holly and Craig will help with vendors.
  • Holidays At The Beach. Holly ~ friday free movie – photo scavenger hunt – tree auction – coloring contest – santa pictures – logo – OMG radio networking –
  • After Hours.  Ruth Ann Hocking  Thursday, December 6th as this year’s event date.  World Kite Museum.  5:30 pm.  White Elephant potluck.
  • World Kite Museum.  No report
    Loyalty Days
    . Met with Don Nisbette, picking up entries  they are ready to go, please share like and love facebook pagesSurf Perch~ everything moving forward happening in maySummerfest.waiting on budgets.
  • LPVB ~ Holly – Dec. 10 appreciation dinner at Depot for volunteers. North head is tarped and now belongs to the state. There is a new trail at Leadbetter, interpretative center. VB now accepts visa and mc for dues. continues to increase traffic.
  • Long Beach City Council Unrue Dinner Saturday, please spread word over 20 years of service wit VFD
  • Long Beach Marketing Committee. ad budget reviewing budgets Nov. 13th
  • City tourism – Pumpkin event got rid of pumpkins gave out goodie bags even with the weather blowing sideways – french travel writer french travel guide will be here – Chism trail dust a cute tourism giveaway, Ragan made one for Lewis and Clarke with sand . Two conventions for package travel with 6 buses confirmed for next year.
  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. 


Nikki OMG – weather was not at all cooperative for Harvest Food Bank event still $545 and 1063lbs of food for OP thanks in big part to OP elementary they really stepped up and did a great job! Ilwaco 720lbs and $730 this year was a much bigger success and Nikki plans to continue with the event hopes it becomes a oct event people will plan on.

Lions club will be selling garland

Jerry Phillips – Please get the word out for vets dinner at elks on the 11th from 3 to 5

Jane Holman– SPCHS Letters of support for SPCHS Steven looking for donations of food litter paper towels etc.


Benefit for Veteran Firefighter Dave Unruh

2nd Annual Harvest Haul

Big thank you to 99.7 OMG Radio, Great North West Federal Credit Union, Okie’s Thriftway, Anchor Realty, Peninsula Pharmacies & Coastal Eye Care for sponsoring the 2nd Annual Harvest Haul! Please check out this flier for info on this very important community event. GNWFCU is doing a raffle for a flip-cam, Boardwalk Quilts is offering a 10% off, Okie’s is in the middle of their “Fall Stock up Sale”, Peninsula Pharmacy is the only food drop in Ilwaco and Anchor Realty’s Surfside office is super convenient for those at the north end. Please help make this a success!

Save the Date: After Hours December 6th

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Minutes of October 5, 2012 Meeting (unapproved)

Long Beach Merchants Association Meeting | October 5, 2012 | Benson’s Restaurant

CALL TO ORDER at 9:00 am.

INTRODUCTIONS: Sherry Hash, Holly Beller, Chelsea Libby, Brent Dennis, Debbie Bighill, Craig Smith, Steven Linhart, Ruth Ann Hocking, Kay Buesing, Jerry Phillips, Keith Schwartz, Bob Pensworth, Natalie Hanson, Mike Myers, Ragan Myers, Dave Goettle, Laura Price, Nick Pylon, Pilon, Mollie Bouch, Jeff Harrell, Rhonda Benson, Andi Day.

MINUTES were tabled until next meeting due to lack of a motion to approve.  Members were reminded to go on to read the minutes so as to be able to act..

TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Ruth Ann Hocking.

  • Question from the floor regarding how events are funded.
  • President Linhart indicated our event trailer is failing.  Please contact him with leads on a replacement.


  • Business of the year 2011 was greeted with applause: Lost Weekend Clothing Company.


  • Presentation by Dave Goettle regarding Wahkiakum West phone directory advertising.
  • Presentation by Mollie Bouch, Harbor Pacific/Pepsi.  Wants to become more involved in Pacific County events and clubs. 360/470-3874
  • Andi Day reminded members of Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau membership Drive.  She announced that the community had just completed the busiest August/September EVER.  She passed out statistical reports to help merchants plan for 2013.
  • Ragan Myer announced she is working with Mike Kitzman regarding banners hung by the City.  Event Chairs are requested to attend the Board meeting for more info.


  • Beach to Chowder and the Discovery Trail Half Marathon. Jeff Harrell reported the first year with the chip timing system was smooth.  Attendance was down, presumably because it was the first year the events were separated.  Goal is 500 runners.
  • Doggie Olympic Games.  No report.
  • Sandsations.  No report.
  • Jake’s Birthday.  No report.
  • Kite Festival.  Kay Buesing reported the Museum’s participation went well.  General feedback from vendors was positive.
  • Holidays At The Beach.  Holly Beller reported the Elks Ballroom will be venue Saturday, maybe Sunday.  Tree auction will be held again.
  • After Hours.  Ruth Ann Hocking announced Thusday, December 6th as this year’s event date.  World Kite Museum.  5:30 pm.  White Elephant potluck. Flyer will be sent out shortly.
  • World Kite Museum.  Kay Buesing announced her retirement and introduced new Museum Director Chelsea Libby.  Chelsea hails from Indiana and has a lot of fresh ideas for the Museum.  Chelsea is a recent graduate with a Masters in Museum Studies and can be contacted at 317/985-1475.  Steven Linhart requested Chelsea attend the next City Council meeting.
  • Windless Kites.  Kay also noted Windless Kites is coming up in January.  One Sky, One World Kite Fly For Peace is coming up this month and is in its 27th year.  October 13-14.
  • Loyalty Days.  Ruth Ann Hocking reported on the development for Loyalty Days next May, including the dedication of Veteran’s Field.
  • Surf Perch Derby.  No report.
  • Summerfest. Ragan Myers reported she is working on changes for next year.
  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. Andi Day presented a media report which highlighted press releases sent out and media coverage received in the past several months.  To sign up for broadcast email, go to the home page of
  • Long Beach City Council is working on enclosing the stage in Veteran’s field with a target end date in December, according to Steven Linhart.  Budget discussions are beginning. All Event Chairs were reminded to submit budgets ASAP for consideration by City Council.
  • Long Beach Marketing Committee.  Craig Smith reported the committee is working on 2013 budgeting. project has had mixed results, particularly due to lack of merchant support and/or specials that aren’t compelling enough to get people to drive here.
  • Liaison.  Laura Price updated on happenings with the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce and Ilwaco Merchants Association.  Christmas at the Port will run all of December this year. Jim Neva is working to get an electrical car charging station at the Port.


  • Natalie Hansen reported on an upcoming political debate sponsored by The American Association of University Women on October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Elks.
  • Ragan Myers reported on Group Travel, indicating 3 groups having come to the Peninsula over about a month.  Tall Ships are coming!  See for details.
  • Mike and Ragan Myers reported on this year’s pumpkin patch events, which will be on Oct 28 in Veteran’s Field.
  • Natalie Hanson noted the Elks does a free carnival for kids on Halloween.  5:00 pm
  • Andi Day noted press trips will be happening on the Peninsula October 13-14-15.

ADJOURNED at 8:58 am.


LBMA Regular Meeting September 2012

Call to Order- Steven

approval of minutes ~ Brent Dennis

Treasury report ~ RuthAnn with a big thank you to Craig

New Business ~ Pacific County EDC Business of the Year nominations.

committee reports

Beach to Chowder ~ Had fewer pre registers, this year is a test and they will consider joining Beach to Chowder with Beach Run again next year if it makes more sense. Volunteers needed, fliers were passed out.

Doggie ~ Mollie, very positive response from the many out of town participants. Mollie said she learned allot this year and has some new ideas for next year.

Sandsations ~ Holly, she was out of town for the event but said “it happened” RuthAnn noted Jenny is willing to chair the event again next year.

Jake ~ Wendy ~ gave recap at last meeting not much to report right now.

Kite Festival ~ Merry ~ The weather was great, spectators were thrilled, shirt sales up, looking for flagship vendor.

Holidays ~ Holly ~Elks will be the location for this years event. She is putting out requests for Peninsula Presents, will promote with Niki from OMG radio.

LBMA after hour ~ RuthAnn will have report next meeting.

City Council ~ Steven ~ funds have been allocated to finish the stage. Giddy up and Ride sponsored by Back Country invited merchants council members festival chairs etc. to a Cream Can Dinner ride.


Ilwaco ~ Blues & Seafood and Tuna Classic were very successful.

Ocean Park ~ chamber had 97 visitors in July.

Farmers Market ~ Gayle ~ last market is today!


Weekly News of Interest to Merchants

From Kay Buesing:

Free Saturday visit to the World Kite Museum.  September 29th, 11:00 am – 5 pm.

It is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Tickets can be found in the Smithsonian Magazine or down load them from

There is an article in this weeks Coast Weekend.

Karen Boardman, Chamber Office Manager

Whats Up Wednesday

From the LBPVB

Greeting Members,
The majority of membership renewals have been sent out.  A timely review of your packet materials and prompt return is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to call, email, or come on in with any questions regarding your membership renewal information.

If your business serves visitors and has changed hours, PLEASE LET US KNOW.  We still have many visitors coming to the area. We anticipate at least 1300 visitors coming through the doors in October.  It is important that we are providing accurate information. This especially relates to restaurants, lodging establishments and activities. We are working hard through marketing and promotion to extend our tourist season and develop the shoulder seasons here on the Peninsula.

Get your boots and guns ready……and put out the welcome mat!  Razor clam digging has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 13-15.

Bad news and good news from State Parks:
-There will be no “Graveyard of the Pacific” programming this year. It had been scheduled for Oct. 27-29.
-In honor of National Public Lands Day, there will be no state park pass required this Sat., Sept. 29th.

Columbia River Maritime Museum presents, Science on Tap: Hypothermia:Science, Sea Stories, and Lessons Learned  Thursday Oct. 4th.

Saturday, Sept. 29th – The Peninsula Arts Center Presents Windham Hill Artist Scott Cossu in Concert

Please find attachments for the following events this weekend:
–        -A Night of Blues III, a benefit for the Shedore Family Sat. Sept 29th

–      – The Sou’wester Lodge has a busy weekend of live music, movies and Tin Can Tourists.

–       -There will be a prescription drug take back program at Sid’s  Sat. Sept. 29th.

–       -Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – last market of the season!

-Peninsula Players Present, Rumpelstiltskin this Sat. and Sun.

Washington Marine Debris Task Force News

Washington Marine Debris Task Force news

State Marine Debris Task Force releases response plan that features
ability to conserve or deploy resources when needed
OLYMPIA • The Washington Marine Debris Task Force today released its
initial plan for responding to various types of marine debris that may
cross the Pacific Ocean and reach our shores from the tragic March 11,
2011, Japan tsunami.

The task force will oversee and continually update the state marine
debris response plan. To gather feedback and answer public questions,
the task force is in the process of scheduling community meetings in
Long Beach, Ocean Shores and Port Angeles. Dates and times will be
announced when the meetings are set.

Gov. Chris Gregoire established the task force – consisting of the
state Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and
several other state agencies – to coordinate state, federal and local
activities to monitor and respond appropriately to marine debris along
the Washington coast.

The 2011 tsunami claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed countless
homes and structures and swept 5 million tons of debris into the
Pacific Ocean. While 70 percent of the debris sank near Japan’s shore,
the remaining 1.5 million tons of debris dispersed in the ocean.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), which collaborated closely with the state to generate the
plan, a portion of that debris has been arriving on U.S. and Canadian
shores, including Washington. NOAA predicts debris will show up on
Washington’s shores intermittently during the next several years.

It is unknown exactly what, how much and when debris will arrive.
Washington saw a spike in amounts of marine debris on its coastal
beaches in June 2012 but the quantity washing ashore since decreased
significantly in summer months. However, fall and winter weather and
ocean current patterns typically wash more marine debris ashore than
summertime conditions.

The state plan is designed to coordinate rapid responses to marine
debris of significant impact – particularly items that are large,
contain hazardous substances such as oil or toxic chemicals, or pose
invasive species concerns. The plan is available at

EMD’s Terry Egan, the state’s marine debris task force lead, said:
“The state marine debris response plan anticipates that incidents
involving debris with high impact will be unique and impossible to
predict. The plan is designed to give local, tribal, state and federal
responders flexibility in rapidly assessing a debris item and
identifying which agencies will respond and what resources will be
needed to protect public health, safety and the environment.”

The plan also is tailored to address the steady response to a
potential influx of more routine, nonhazardous debris by supporting
ongoing local community efforts – traditionally undertaken by
dedicated volunteers – to remove these items. Since no state, federal
or local entity has the funding, authority or responsibility to remove
nonhazardous debris from Washington’s coastal beaches, the plan calls
for supporting these beach cleanup efforts, such as providing
volunteers gloves, litter bags and access to trash bins.

Numerous entities manage Washington’s 375 miles of coastal beaches.
These include Native American tribes, Hoh Indian Tribe, Makah Nation,
Quileute Indian Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Shoalwater Bay Tribe;
federal government entities Olympic National Park, U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary; and the
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Egan said the state response plan is a “living document” that will be
refined over time.

“We will continue coordinating with our local communities to ensure
that our response efforts meet the needs of each community – including
the dedicated citizen volunteer groups that have helped keep our
beaches clean for decades,” Egan said. “This is the best way we can
ensure that our limited resources get out to the right places at the
right times.”

Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler said: “The City of Ocean Shores and
other coastal communities deeply appreciate the proposed help and
guidance from Gov. Gregoire and the task force. As wonderful and
necessary as our local and visitor volunteer efforts are, possible
large deposits of debris or large debris items will be an incredible
challenge for our community. We look forward to the planned regional
meetings and trust that with the flexibility built into the state’s
program, we will be able to deal with possible debris events.”

Agencies poised to respond

Citizens can help keep our coastal beaches clean by removing and
disposing of small nonhazardous items such as plastic bottles and
floats, Styrofoam, pieces of lumber, crates and other small moveable
objects wherever possible.

However, anyone who encounters potentially hazardous debris should not
touch or attempt to move it. Instead people should immediately call
the state’s 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) number and press “1” to
reach an operator who can dispatch responders.

The Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency will respond to any petroleum products
or other hazardous materials that wash up on our beaches. Items to
watch out for include spilled oil, drums and barrels, fuel tanks, gas
cylinders, chemical totes and other containers with unknown fluids.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will respond to
invasive species concerns. The department anticipates marine debris
with invasive species attached will be rare and limited to large
structures that spend a long time in their native waters such as
boats, docks, navigation aids and breakwaters. People may find
organisms attached to other items – sometimes in heavy accumulations –
but these will be common open ocean species such as pelagic gooseneck
barnacles. For more, see<>.

The Washington Department of Health (Health) radiation will respond to
any debris marked with words or symbols indicating it may be
radioactive. Health experts do not expect to find any marine debris
with elevated radiation levels. Earlier tests on debris items revealed
only expected low, background levels of radiation. For more
information, go to<>.

More about marine debris, including potential tsunami debris

·         In July 2012, the task force launched a toll-free reporting
line citizens can use to call in potentially hazardous and other
debris, 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278).  The Washington marine debris
web portal is

·         NOAA remains the best source for information about Japan
tsunami marine debris including modeling, protocols to follow for
handling marine debris and frequently asked questions. Go to

·         NOAA is actively collecting information about tsunami debris
and asks the public to report debris sightings to<>. Please
include the time, date, location and, if possible, photos in such

·         Don’t burn driftwood. Salt residue from ocean waters stays
in pores of the wood, even after it’s dry. According to Ecology, when
burned the chlorine reacts with the wood to form toxic compounds
called dioxins that are released in the smoke. Such compounds can
affect the immune system. If a beach fire is permitted, bring
seasoned, non-driftwood, and enjoy.

·         State Parks asks people who want to clean debris from
beaches to focus on small, non-natural items such as Styrofoam and
plastic. Leave wood and kelp because these are an important part of
the beach ecosystem. Stripping the beach of its driftwood depletes
needed coastal habitat.

·         According to state law, it is illegal to burn garbage, and
construction and demolition debris. More at


Media contacts:

Linda Kent, Washington Ecology media relations, 360-407-6239, cell,

Curt Hart, Washington Ecology media relations, 360-407-6990; cell,

For more information:

Washington Marine Debris web portal:


Joint States tsunami debris information website:

Washington Emergency Management Division:

Washington Department of Health:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Washington Department of Ecology:

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:

Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office: