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Sharing Our Waterway Wisely, The Foley Land Cut: A Developer’s Perspective. Chris Jasinski Coastal Resort Properties LP 08.23.07. Why is this guy here…and what does he want from us?. Tourism in Alabama’s Gulf Coast Waterway District, Inc. EIS Working together

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Sharing Our Waterway Wisely,The Foley Land Cut:A Developer’s Perspective

Chris Jasinski

Coastal Resort Properties LP

08.23.07


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Why is this guy here…and what does he want from us?

  • Tourism in Alabama’s Gulf Coast

  • Waterway District, Inc.

  • EIS

  • Working together

    • US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal, State & Local agencies

    • GICA and commercial operators

  • Results

    • “your tax dollars and GICA membership dollars at work”

  • Future of the FLC


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Tourism: Alabama’s Gulf Coast Demand is big & growing

  • 14,805 condos/hotel rooms on the beach (June 2007)

  • 4.4 Million visitors (2006)

  • $1.96 Billion travel-related expenses (2006)

  • 39,333 travel-related jobs (2006)

  • Hotels.com (2003)

    1.      Myrtle Beach, SC

    2.      Orlando

    3. New York City

    4.      Panama City, FL

    5.      Ocean City, MD

    6.      Virginia Beach, VA

    7.      Las Vegas

    8.      Miami

    9.      Gulf Shores, AL

    10.  Destin, FL

Source: Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau & Hotels.com


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Tourism: Visitor Profile StudyState of Residence (2003)

30.6%

31.9%

31.4%

Source: Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Tourism: Important to Alabama2006 Alabama Lodging Revenue ($999 MM)

Source: Economic Impact of Alabama Travel Industry 2006 and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Tourism: Alabama is not so sleepy2006 Lodgings rentals & market share ($1 B)

Source: Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Tourism: Supply increasing to meet demand

Source: Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Tourism:Beyond the beach

  • Beach is full

  • Maturing market…not just condos on the beach

    • Year-round homes

    • Retirement communities

    • Full service resorts & timeshares

    • Boating communities

  • Baby boomers

  • Ivan – 2004

  • Katrina – 2005

  • High ground…diversification from the beach

    • City of Gulf Shores

    • City of Orange Beach

  • Insurance rates


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Waterway District, Inc.

  • 2002 – common interests

  • 2004 – a vision for “The Waterway”

  • 2005 – Waterway District, Inc.

    • Alabama Non-Profit Corporation

    • Marketing

    • Safety & operations

    • Infrastructure


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EIS

  • Individual applications cumulative impacts

  • 13 developers

  • 16 marinas

  • 3,722 boat slips

  • City of Gulf Shores

  • City of Orange Beach

  • 99 personalities


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EISParticipants


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EIS

  • Individual applications cumulative impacts

  • 13 developers

  • 16 marinas

  • 3,722 boat slips

  • City of Gulf Shores

  • City of Orange Beach

  • 99 personalities


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Working together

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

    • Environment

    • Water quality

    • Wetlands

    • Navigation

    • Safety

    • Capacity

    • Cumulative impacts

    • Commercial interests

    • National interests

    • Hurricane evacuation routes

    • Etc.


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Working together

  • GICA

    • Understanding your needs

    • Ongoing communication

    • Common goals

      • Navigation

      • Safety

      • Operating procedures

      • Dredging

      • Mooring locations


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Results“Your tax dollars and GICA membership dollars at work”

  • No structures in GIWW 500’

  • Marina entrances avoid bridges & curves in GIWW

  • Marina designs to increase visibility when entering/exiting

  • No jet skis

  • Lighting restrictions – no night vision impacts for mariners

  • Barge-friendly bank stabilization

  • Signage at rec marina locations educating about barges

  • Increased signage in FLC

  • Required education course regarding barges & proper radio procedures

  • “Lifelines” brochure


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Results (cont.)“Your tax dollars and GICA membership dollars at work”

  • Map for recreational boaters w/ “rules of the road”

  • Map for commercial users

  • Marine police – Orange Beach & now Gulf Shores

  • Mooring locations – 3 “Daily Use” & 17 “Emergency*

    * We are still working on the mooring locations.


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Future…Alabama’s Gulf Coast

  • Hiccup in the housing market

    • Ups and downs of real estate

  • Florida is hurting

  • But…Alabama Gulf Coast tourism is growing

  • 2007 YTD = best ever for tourism

    • Added 1366 new units

      • 1282 condo

      • 84 hotel

    • Record occupancy

    • Record retail sales

Source: Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Future…The Waterway (Foley Land Cut)

  • Finalize mooring locations

  • Complete EIS

  • Growth along Foley Land Cut (hopefully)

    • Planned

    • Coordinated

    • Safe

    • Continue working together…developers & commercial interests


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