Below is a summary of revenue and expenditures from the City of Kenai report on the PU fishery.
Originally Posted by Nerka
NORTH SIDE PARKING $ 94,874.00
SOUTH SIDE PARKING 61,820.00
CITY DOCK FEES 58,131.00
TOTAL INCOME $ 214,825.00
PUBLIC SAFETY 27,877.28
PARKS & RECREATION 124,675.43
PUBLIC WORKS 19,504.40
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 173,204.85
REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES $ 41,620.15
Other excerpts from the City report:
Revenue and Participants
The 2008 dipnet season concluded with total revenue of $214,825, a 7.2% increase over the 2007 season. The 2008 season did include a 50% increase in user fees at the North and South Kenai Beaches while fees at the City Dock remained unchanged from prior years. Total revenue increased in 2008 as a result of an increase in fees and not an increase in participants. Parks & Recreation Department staff recalled very few comments from participants regarding the increase in fees. It is more likely the decrease in participants was a result of high fuel prices and the strength of the sockeye return.
The increase in fees does not appear to have been detrimental and the fees are adequate to recover the costs incurred by the City. There does not appear to be a need for any additional fee increase.
Overall the 2008 dipnet season was a success from the Finance Department’s perspective. It is anticipated that the implementation of the Department’s recommendations will assure future success.
And some excerpts from the Kenai Police report:
The largest problem encountered by Seasonal Officers (SEOs) at North Beach was parking, specifically on Kenai Avenue. The parking lot at the end of South Spruce was completely full as well as street parking on S. Spruce and the Little League Field overflow parking area. SEOs issued large quantities of written and verbal warnings. No citations were issued for parking and two cars were impounded. Two citations were issued for ATV related violations during the 2008 fishery, one for not wearing a helmet under 18 and the other for operating to the left of the entrance to the beach.
South Beach required far less attention from SEOs. The most common violations were ATV violations. On July 18 th, an SEO dealt with a civil dispute between several people as well as a citizen complaint from the owner of the Beach Front Lodge concerning parking in front of the entranceway to the lodge. This resulted in many written warnings, but no impounds. The 18th was the busiest day on South Beach, and many verbal warnings were issued for underage children riding ATVs without proper headgear. Another type of call for service reported to SEOs was ATV operation in the dunes and wetlands. These reports were never substantiated by SEOs but ATV operation in the dunes was greatly reduced thanks to orange fencing separating them from the beach area. On the 27th of July, SEOs received a call concerning a brown bear. The SEOs observed the bear to make sure it did not disrupt the serenity of the beach, but the bear left of its own accord.
Restrooms at the beaches and boat launch were well maintained this year. On several occasions, someone put rocks and toilet paper in the bathroom at the municipal park, causing it to overflow, but the problem did not continue to occur all season. The port-o-potties at the end of Kenai Avenue were the most highly used of all the restrooms and therefore needed the most maintenance. Many complaints were received about off road vehicle operation on the beaches. The majority of these complaints were for operating unsafely to the right of the beach entrance on N. Beach. These complaints resulted in many verbal and written warnings and two citations. N. Beach only had one complaint of ATV operation in the dunes. Riding in the dunes was all around reduced by placing orange fencing around them.
Dumpsters were extremely well maintained this year. There was only one real problem involving the dumpsters during the 2008 season. During the second week of the dipnet fishery, someone ignited a fire in the dumpster closest to the beach access restroom. New developments in the fish disposal situation were totes placed throughout the beaches. These totes reduced the amount of fish remains that pile up throughout the season. Traffic on Kenai Avenue was continually problematic. July 18th and 19th were the most problematic days on Kenai Ave. SEOs spent numerous hours of their shifts attempting to decongest the traffic-jams arising from the mass influx of people. On these two days, the night shift SEO worked overtime to manage the traffic. A group of missionaries aided in traffic control also, which was a new development this year.
Alaska State Wildlife Troopers were a continuous presence during this year’s dipnet fishery. They patrolled the beaches at varying times in both plain clothes and in uniform. Their patrols added extra enforcement presence, as well as assisted in increasing dipnet user’s lawfulness.