IVGID sees positive results by limiting beach access

A crowded Incline beach in 2017. Ordinance 7 updates this year have contributed to overcrowding on Incline beaches.
Archive photo of the sun via the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It has been two months since the General Improvement District Board of Directors voted unanimously to pass updates to Ordinance 7 to address beach overcrowding in the wake of numerous complaints from local residents and so far the results have been positive.

IVGID chief executive Indra Winquest said the difference is definitely seen among local staff and visitors, but the district won’t know the full impact of the changes until late summer.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in visits over the past 10 to 12 years,” Winquest said. “So I think what really made the difference was getting rid of unlimited access.”

This included eliminating the ability to purchase punch cards and unlimited photo passes, as well as removing the daily fee price that allowed anyone to enter the beach.

“The biggest thing we’ve noticed is that there’s no longer unlimited access, which equates to reduced beach visits,” Winquest said, “which obviously makes it more manageable and improves the experience for everyone.”

The changes impacted everyone in the area differently, with some visitors to short-term rentals unable to get to beaches due to lack of landlord access, according to Winquest.

“What we’re telling them is that every plot gets the same access, and it’s up to the plot owner how they want to distribute that access,” Winquest said. “So defining a guest, I think, was a big deal.”

In comparison, the changes have made it easier for locals to populate the beaches, with many visitors now using the East Shore Trail shuttle and parking lots to use public beaches and Sand Harbor. The move has created a more balanced number of people at many beaches in the area.

Winquest and the Ordinance 7 Committee will write a full end-of-season report in November for presentation to the Board that will summarize the results of the ordinance change and its total impact on beaches and the community over the course of the season. ‘summer.

Although access to the beaches has been reduced in some respects, business is still business as usual for IVGID employees and their visitors. But Winquest noticed that the vibe is a little different.

“We noticed a more respectful vibe there,” Winquest said. “It’s just less chaotic. We don’t have as many problems as we normally have with just applying regulations and rules, just for things as simple as no glass. But also, not as many issues with loud music or people fighting. We have just seen that the behaviors have just been more respectful.

With reduced visitation, beach concessions have not slowed down, but have become more manageable for employees and visitors.

“We certainly don’t see a decline in business,” Winquest said. “I think people are more likely to buy food because they know it’s not as chaotic trying to get food.”

Although there is still time before the end of summer, Winquest is excited to see the positive changes so far on the beaches.

“We see the difference,” Winquest said. “I think most of our residents are very satisfied.

For more information on the Ordinance 7 changes, visit yourtahoeplace.com/news/recreation-privileges-ord-7.

Miranda Jacobson is a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication to The Sun.


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