Commodore’s Blog – September 2019

Re: Update – Pursuit of DIYC Space

Fellow DIYC Members:

The DIYC Board of Governors (BoG) promised in our e-mail to the membership of August 5, 2019, regarding the marina survey results, to keep you updated on our pursuit of DIYC space at the Dataw Island Marina.

In that e-mail we laid out a path forward. Since then, the DIYC BoG has:

• Surveyed other regional yacht clubs on dues and structure;
• Reviewed impact on the DIYC bylaws;
• Developed a preliminary dues and membership structure in line with the DIYC having its own space; and
• More importantly, spoken with the Ted Bartlett (GM) and the DIOA about the DIYC having its own space.

The DIYC was offered the Outpost space, on a part-time and temporary rental basis. Based on the cost of that rental, the temporary nature of that rental, the inability to decorate the space and the uncertain time length of that rental, the BoG declined to pursue that offer further.

Following the announcement of the DIOA placing a General Store in the Outpost, the DIOA offered to rent the Sweetgrass restaurant space to the DIYC, again on a temporary basis. After discussion within the BoG, we again declined to pursue rental of that space for the same reasons we declined to pursue rental of the Outpost space.

We have gone back to the DIOA and offered to assist with decorating (manpower, ideas, décor, design theme, etc.) the new General Store, along with a request for the DIYC to use that space during off-hours. We delayed sending our suggestion back to the DIOA until this week (waited for hurricane to clear). As a result, we have not yet heard back on our offer or request.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you

Keith Aspray
DIYC Commodore