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The Chesapeake Beach Water Park Celebrates 20 Years!  Our 20th Anniversary Season Promises to be our Best Ever!  Story by Laura Krick, Marketing / Groups Coordinator & Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager

Our 20th Anniversary Season is in Full Swing and Proving to be Our Best Season Ever!

This summer marks the 20th Season at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!

We celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a Hawaiian Luau, and many Chesapeake Beach residents came out to celebrate with us. Special "thank yous" to everyone who worked hard to make the evening a success. The live music and beautiful decorations added a special touch to the evening. We are looking at the possibility of making this an annual event. 

We are now open seven days a week. This will continue until school opens in mid-August, and then we will be open on weekends only through Labor Day Monday. If you have a birthday or other special occasion to celebrate, consider celebrating with us! We have several party packages to choose from for your party needs, and Chesapeake Beach residents always receive our discounted rates. Please remember, Tuesdays are our Chesapeake Beach Resident Days where Town residents receive Half-Price Admission until 4 p.m., and Free Admission after 4 p.m.!  This is a great time to visit with the other local Chesapeake Beach residents.

We have many other Special Events at the Water Park this season. The World’s Largest Swim Lesson event in June was a great experience for the over 160 participants we had in attendance. There were lots of kids and parents present, and our goal of helping teach Swim Safety Awareness was achieved. We have had three Character Days so far this season. Our visitors included a Live Mermaid, Beautiful Princesses, and Super Heroes. Check our website for more Character Day Mondays. These are great photo opportunities.

Season Passes are still available for purchase on our website . New this season, all Season Pass holders are receiving a 20% discount on all food purchases. Our Season Pass holders also avoid standing in line at admissions. Other great benefits are Free Admission for Adult Swim as well as Friday Night Slides!  If you haven’t purchased your Season Pass yet, start saving now. A couple of visits to the Park will pay for your pass. All of the other added benefits are just extra bonuses! 

We have had two impromptu surprise Lifeguard Safety Audits from Ellis and Associates (E&A), and we are pleased to announce that our lifeguards received the highest rating achievable in both audits. E&A trains our lead aquatics team so that they are certified to train our lifeguards. By conducting these audits, E&A can be sure that we are representing their company by meeting all of their required standards. As always, the Safety of our Guests Remains our Top Priority, and these audits help ensure that we are operating at the optimum levels in terms of safety for our guests. We have also improved the safety of our guests by opening the Side Gate for admission to help keep lines to a minimum in the parking lot. Another new adjustment this season is that we only allow groups to visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays and only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These new hours are maintaining crowd control inside the Park and also allowing a more pleasurable and enjoyable experience for all guests. We have received positive feedback regarding the improvements and enhancements we have made to the Park this year. Despite our limited funds, the Park looks brighter, and we have been able to clean up the Park and enhance its appearance.

After 20 years, improvements are a necessity. Through the hard work of our Water Park Advisory Committee, led by Town Council Member Stewart Cumbo, we are accomplishing these changes and making good progress. In the near future, we will be reaching out to you, our Town residents, to listen to your comments and suggestions on new ways for continued developments and improvements. Your thoughts and comments are important to us, and we value your ideas. 

For all program details, to make ticket purchases, and to stay informed on our events, visit our website . Like us on Facebook so you can keep up to the minute on any special deals or exciting news and events! We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park!

 For more information, email us at waterpark@chesapeake-beach.md.us

Oyster Hatchery, Oyster Reef Balls and Annual Oyster Planting

Story by John Bacon and Photography by John Bacon and Nancy Feuerle

On July 11, the Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) became the newest oyster hatchery on the Chesapeake Bay. After weeks of trying through Maryland DNR and the Oyster Restoration Project, I was able to obtain oyster larvae from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This allowed us to complete another step in the oyster growing cycle. We received around 5,000 larvae (less than a quarter of a teaspoon full) and introduced them into a 300 gallon tank filled with our oyster balls and MGO cages. The Chesapeake Beach Maintenance Staff was instrumental in getting the tank and associated equipment ready. The tank is located at the trail head and will be recycling Fishing Creek water through it for the next two weeks. The oyster balls and MGO cages will then be removed, and we will count the new spat on each. This process has been repeated two or three times during the summer and will continue into the early fall. Students and interested parties can observe this exciting new addition to our program.

CBOCS oyster reef ball manufacturing is now almost complete. There is only one week remaining before they will be deployed on the Old Rock Reef. To date more than 30 oyster reef balls have been molded. Don’t miss out on this final opportunity to get your own autographed oyster ball placed with the others on August 23.

Come back on September 6, at 10 a.m. to load up the cages with new spat, count them and place them under the trail. Also, individuals hosting MGO cages should pick them up at this time. 

For a list of all CBOCS activities go to the Chesapeake Beach Town website and click on oyster cultivation .  We encourage you to be active, participating members of the society. 

Chesapeake Beach Water Park – Great for the Community

Story by Connie O’Dell

The Town of Chesapeake Beach recently received results from an economic Impact study of the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. The study was conducted by BEACON, Business Economic and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore.

The project leader for BEACON was Dr. Memo Diriker, Professor of Business and Economic Development, Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Salisbury, MD. The following are a few points of interest developed from the study:

  • The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is a very important economic development asset for the Town of Chesapeake Beach. The Park attracts a significant number of visitors who are responsible for a very high amount of primary, secondary and tertiary economic activity throughout the Town. Visitors to the Park generate $3.2 million in total economic impact for the Town and support over 150 local jobs. The Park generates “fresh” money into the Town because a large percentage of the spending is initiated by visitors to our community who are coming because of a locally manufactured product called “The Water Park.” 

  • While the Park is a great economic asset as it is, there is still much that can be done to increase its total value to the Town. With some additional repairs and upgrades, the Park could greatly increase its offerings. These upgrades would generate additional income and therefore additional economic activity for the Town.

  • The Park is not an attractive candidate for privatization in its current state, but with upgrades there would be the possibility of privatizing certain portions.

  • The Chesapeake Beach Water Park has served the Town of Chesapeake Beach admirably in the past. With a modest amount of reinvestment, the Park can be of even higher value to the Town’s taxpayers in the future. 

Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Contract Award (Bruce Wahl, Mayor)

At the January (2013) Town Council Meeting, the Council approved the award of the upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to Bearing Construction, Inc. of Sudlersville, MD, and the management of the project to the design firm Whitman, Requardt, and Associates, LLP. The total amount to be funded is $16,158,930, which includes funds allocated for administrative and legal fees. The approval of this contract award secures State grant funding of 45.34% of the total amount. The balance of $9,287,117 will be shared among the partners of the plant: Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, Calvert County and Anne Arundel County. The Town of Chesapeake Beach’s share is $4,611,982.30 and will be financed through a low- interest loan from the Maryland Department of the Environment. This low- interest loan was also at risk had the Town Council not approved this contract award at the January meeting. Thankfully, that risk was averted by approval of the contract award.

Although this is a huge amount of money, we were fortunate that nine firms bid on the project, with Bearing Construction being the lowest bidder. You can rest assured that the Town is spending your money as prudently as is possible.

What is ENR? Simply stated, the purpose of this project is to reduce pollution in the treated effluent that is discharged into the Chesapeake Bay. Particularly, there is a Federal EPA requirement to meet a “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) standard of the amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorous that can be discharged. These nutrients cause algae blooms that absorb oxygen in the Bay and block sunlight from reaching submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), hence stunting the growth of these beneficial plants.

In addition to the nutrient reduction, this project replaces much aging and failing equipment; some Items have been in service for over thirty years. At the time we are doing this, the plant is being expanded from 1.32 million gallons per day (MGD) to 1.5 MGD, the capacity that is specified on our permit. This expansion was unanimously approved by an action of the Town Council in 2005 by an irrevocable resolution. Four of the 2005 Council members are still serving as elected officials in the Town: myself, Council Vice-President Patrick Mahoney, Councilman Stewart Cumbo and Councilwoman Valerie Beaudin.

The ENR project has been in the planning stages for over five years and is critically important to the future of our Town and to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. I am pleased to be able to report to you that it is finally about to happen!

Bill Paying Just Got Easier! (Leslie Porter, Town Treasurer)

The Town is pleased to offer the added convenience of paying your water and sewer bills online, using Visa, MasterCard or Discover with no additional service fees.  To access the site, click here (leaving site).  

The first webpage you will see is a login page. You will need your account number and password to login. Your account number is located on the top portion of your water / sewer bill. It consists of seven characters – five numbers with a period separating the fifth and sixth number. The first digit of your account number will always be a zero. The last two digits will also be zero. For example, account #123 would be listed as 00123.00 

First-time user passwords are preset.  Your password will be the first four letters from the last name on the account, plus the first two letters from the first name, plus  “00.” For example, John Smith’s password would be “SmitJo00.”

If your name contains a special character such as an apostrophe, you do not know your account number, or you have problems logging in, please contact Town Hall at 301-855-8398. One of our staff will assist you.

Once you login, you will be given an option to choose a new password. Interested in going green? You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for e-billing. With this option, you will receive your utility bills via e-mail. If you do not sign up for e-billing at your initial login, and wish to do so, please contact Town Hall for assistance.

Once you have obtained access to the site, you will see a summary page. This page shows your most recent billing data, payments made, and your remaining balance due. To make a payment, click on the “Pay Now” button.  You will be directed to the billing page. Click on the “Credit Pay” button. On the next screen, you will enter your credit card and billing information. The Town does not charge a convenience fee for this service. Once you have entered your information, click on “Submit.”  That’s it!


Message from the Sheriff's Department
-- REMINDER:   Unfortunately, there have been more thefts from vehicles lately. Due to these recent thefts, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office asks that you remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock the vehicle doors.  Report any suspicious persons or activity by calling 911 or 410-535-2800. 

Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors that may not receive Nixle Alerts. 

To sign up to receive Nixle Alerts or those from the new Calvert County ALERT notification system (which replaced Code Red as of July 4, 2013), click here and then  press on the link to Nixle and / or Calvert County ALERT notification system.   If you do not have internet access, please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up.

For more safety tips from the Sheriff's Office, click here.

The Town of Chesapeake Beach is Participating in Geocaching -- A geocache trail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The theme of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Geocache Trail is Celebrating Maryland’s Cities and Towns. The trail is comprised of 78 city/town caches located in the 11 MML Districts (regions) throughout the state. A collectible, highly coveted geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who locate a minimum of 22 city / town caches throughout the state.  To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, use the stamp in each cache on their passports and write in the cache code word. After at least 2 municipal caches in each district are discovered, geocachers may return to one of the county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectible coin.   To view press release, please click here

If any business wishes to participate by bringing items to the Town Hall, we will make sure that your item gets put into the geocache box.  We are looking for anything that may have your business name or logo on it to attract people to your business.

 

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