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Palm Beach Daily News

 

 

A record year at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course and an upswing in revenue at the Town Docks helped the town's Recreation Department bring in a profit of more than $2.5 million last year.

From October 2015 to September 2016, net revenue from the town's tennis programs, Recreation Center, marina and golf course increased 4.4 percent from the previous budget cycle. Of the $2.5 million, about 30 percent, or $785,000, went to the town's general fund. The rest is used for operations, maintenance and other department expenses.

Recreation Director Beth Zickar plans to present a full year-to-year comparison at today's Recreation Advisory Commission meeting.

The Par 3 generated nearly $2 million -- the most in its history, according to Zickar. Minus expenses, the course had a profit of about $650,000. Rounds of golf and the number of tournaments increased from 2015.

"Tournaments continue to flock to this oceanside treasure, as the Par 3 played host to over 80 tournaments and outings, traveling from as far as Vero Beach," Recreation Advisory Commission Chairwoman Pam McIver wrote in her annual report.

About 20 residents visit the golf course for every 80 non residents, according to the town.

The Recreation Department's greatest money-generator -- the Town Docks -- brought in about $3.5 million. With only $911,000 in expenses, the marina earned a profit of about $2.6 million.

"Annual and season lease occupancy at the 83 slips reached 100 percent," McIver wrote in her report. "This was the second year in a row that this was accomplished."

McIver said the commission agrees with staff that the docks need to be upgraded. Zickar said staff will apply for a grant this year to help pay for the "piling replacement program."

The tennis and recreation programs lost the town a combined $368,467. The tennis program costs about $320,000 and brought in about $208,000. The Recreation Center costs about $593,000 and generated about $338,000.

But both areas made improvements.

Workers renovated Phipps Ocean Park Tennis Center, which included court resurfacing and adding fencing, landscaping and paint. The town signed a new agreement for tennis instruction services that will guarantee a minimum 10 percent increase in revenue, according to McIver.

Youth camp and enrichment program participation increased at the Recreation Center, Zickar said. Non resident children outnumber Palm Beach children 62 to 38. The adult resident to non resident ratio is 71 to 29.

A project to rebuild the Recreation Center still is in the works. Zickar plans to update the commission today on the status of the project, which last month shifted from a two-story design to a one-story plan.

-- akopf@ pbdailynews.com Twitter: @aleesekopf

 

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