By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
In an effort to keep current business and attract new money to the community, the Crescent City Council voted Monday night not to raise the monthly fees at the Shoreline RV Campground.
The lower, off-season fees will remain the same during the summer months in order to keep current customers and attempt to attract new ones, which, according to the campground's manager, is working.
"We got a lot of people coming back," said Shoreline's Co-Manager Charles Blasingame, who operates the RV park with his wife Rae. "Everything's looking good...we're getting booked up."
The council decided monthly RV fees at the park will stay at the same levels, which are:
$300 for a spot away from the beach, without cable.
$340 for a spot away from the beach, with cable.
$400 for a beachfront spot with cable.
"I think we want to have a nice experience for people down there at the park," City Planner Will Caplinger said, "not just increased revenue" for the city.
Mayor and City Council Member Dennis Burns agreed, saying, "The idea now it to just get people in there using (the park), and to get them back to the park."
The council also heard a presentation from the Visitor's Bureau on a new Website, www.exploredelnorte.com set to launch on June 1.
The site, with a slogan of "The real Northern California," contains between 120 and 130 pages of information, according to Visitor's Bureau Chair Jim Strong.
"There's just a tremendous amount of content," he said, noting that there will be information on all the wonders of Del Norte County, such as bird-watching, kayaking, fishing and exploring the redwoods.
Strong said this Website, and other marketing, can have a "multiplier effect" on the Crescent City and Del Norte economy.
"For every $1 you spend here (on marketing)," Strong said, "you will create $3."
So far, he said, the Website has a budget of just under $200,000, meaning that the potential return to the economy would be around $600,000.
He said that the Website, though almost completed, will evolve and include many aspects of the community and the businesses in the area, but that the entire project and marketing of the city and county is in it's infancy.
"Right now," Strong said of the Website, "this is the birth of the baby."