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June 2019

Neighbors,

And just like that, Summer is upon us.

More sunny days mean more kids out and about and more cars racing through town. Please pay attention to your speed. Often times we go slow near high-traffic areas, but there are kids and dogs EVERYWHERE and around every corner. At least that is what we should assume as we drive through town. My husband teases me for “driving like a grandma” because I go about two miles an hour. Obviously, with three children I am highly sensitive to this issue, but I also remember growing up here and the freedom with which we raced through the streets hardly worrying about cars. We cannot do anything about others speeding, but we can control how fast we drive.

Let’s all do our best to keep the streets safe for our kids and four-legged friends.

Along with the sunshine gracing us with its presence so have many visitors to town, as we once again enter into the time of year when we often get flooded with beach goers. We began a discussion for security last summer as we struggled with recurring safety issues that were felt throughout town. You may have noticed our new sign at the head of the dock. While it is not our most inclusive or welcoming sign to date, we felt it necessary to draw an unfortunate hard line as the beach has endured much disrespect that has continued to increase over the last several years. Our security patrols have begun with guards and will expand to off-duty sheriffs before this letter goes to print. Please show our security guards respect, they are here to help. Do not hesitate to inform them if you see something. That is why they are here! Our priority is keeping the community safe for everyone. Another regrettable development is that we had to install a lock on the firepit at Rose Marie McClung park at the beach. It was being used unsafely with almost nightly piles of litter left behind. If you would like to use the firepit, you are welcome to and we would be more than happy to unlock it.

We have all seen the dumpsters by the Store overflowing with trash. The bin closest to the dock is recycling. The other two are for garbage. Please try to use the corresponding dumpsters accordingly. Thank you for packing out your trash and helping to keep our beach clean. We will be adding extra dumpsters up the road toward the Post Office soon. If the other bins are full, please use these. I know we all want to be responsible for keeping Indianola wonderful, one way to increase those efforts is to not dump your personal trash in the dumpsters. We cannot accommodate the excess. Waste Management will be providing cameras to deter illegal dumping as it has become an enormous problem and accounts for a majority of our overflow. Simply put, we need to keep trash where it belongs. We cannot thank those of you enough who take it upon yourselves to be stewards and pick up trash!

Remember to renew your IBIC membership and get your vehicle hangtags so you can easily park in the spacious gravel lot by the Clubhouse. What lavish amenities your membership provides! But in all seriousness, it’s a very convenient place to park if you are not walking distance from the beach.

On a lighter note, I want to give a tremendous THANK YOU to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to revamp and update our Big Rock stairs! We appreciate all the time you have spent to keep the stairs viable and safe for generations to come.

We are still looking for trustee candidates. If you are on the fence about volunteering-don’t be! Current trustees are here to answer any questions you may have. Now is a great time to join us. No experience necessary!

I hope everyone enjoys a relaxing, safe and (hopefully) sunny June.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t think twice to contact me.

Respectfully,

Emily Reckord Young, IBIC President

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