Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

While Avalon is facing a massive deficit, there is some good news that’s worth pointing out. I’ll keep it simple and brief.

• Catalina has no outstanding municipal bonds, so that’s one debt that simply doesn’t exist.

• Staff expects improved bed tax revenues this fiscal year.

Now if we could just attract more tourists.

Still, there is something to be thankful for in the face of a challenging local economy and insufficient rain to bring Avalon out of Phase One water restrictions. Have a good weekend, everyone

As of Thursday, Sept. 12, the Thompson Reservoir level measured 435 acre feet, a 7 acre foot drop from the previous week. Fresh water usage is expected to to decrease as the tourist season has ended and there are likely to be fewer visitors using water in Avalon. However, only rain—a lot of rain—will cause the fresh water level to rise. Water rationing will become mandatory when the Thompson Reservoir level measures 300 acre feet or less.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 28, the water level at the Thompson Reservoir measured 448 acre feet. Last week, the water level was 451 acre feet. The positive side of the decline in tourist activity as we move from summer to fall is that water usage will decrease, which in turn will slow the drain on Avalon’s supply of fresh water.

The bad news is that unless we get a lot of rain in a short period of time, strict water rationing—which goes into effect when the water level reaches 300 acre feet—is inevitable.

It’s too soon to assess 2013. The only thing we know for sure is, the year just started. The Islander has finished its annual review of the year just past.

Promoting tourism will remain a critical issue on the Island. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Harder to figure out are what stories you folks would like to hear. We’d like to know what stories you’re interested in as we begin the New Year … and hope that the number 13 proves lucky overall for Catalina Island (and our friends overtown).