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30 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 BUSINESS dz REAL ESTATE New chamber building opens in Rehoboth Beach Campus will welcome multitudes of visitors By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff A campus to welcome Rehoboth Beach visitors is being created alongside the Lewes- Rehoboth Canal near the city's entrance - a proper location for a new Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce building. A lone manufactured home in The Grove park housed the cham- ber's administration for the past two-and-a-half years. The tempo- rary structure was originally sup- posed to accommodate the cham- ber's needs for only six months. City and state officials intro- duced the new 1,200-square-foot administration building, which will include the chamber's new offices Wednesday, Feb. 22. The chamber building is located adja- Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of announced its annual 2006 budget of established in 1940, has 1,115 319, or 91 percent, are chamber members. $411,000 is budgeted for tourism and Attic & Garage Sale in February, and the , v/sgtors New York state and Pennsylvania lead visitation for information. Ohio  Di'iC follow. .............................................. they stay l acom' ........ hotels and bed-and-breakfasts with more tha n 5 rcent returns to the state i f eh replenishment ..................... 1 rcent goes to the Delaware Tourism Office to ket the store ................. 1 cent is divided back to the offices of Southern Tourism and returned tothe ZiP codes from ............. wher the tax originated. Of the last 1 percent, roughly $250,000 is returned to the chamber ........ il ...... The cmber's service territory includes the 19971 ZIP code areaii stretching from Midway through Rehoboth to the Indian River Bridge. ......... Of theiamount returned to the area, 80 percent may be and The r allocates its own funds, raised from its services ...... and memrships, to complete the marketing budget Sample expenses $7,000, on ad frequency and size. $4,5001 , on.bhum, such a,."!'d om and v!t' costs the amber about .$40,000. inbn by chamber president and CEO Carol cent to the Railroad Station, 509 Rehoboth Ave. "We'll now have offices large enough to meet with our members and vendors," said chamber CEO and President Carol Everhart. "The new building is futuristic. The railroad station is from the 1920s." The visitor center, the old railroad building, will also be open for business in the spring, she said. Nearby, a 100-square-foot building with a separate entrance will house the city's park offices. Campus plans also call for the Anna Hazzard Tent House to eventually be moved to the site. The Old Ice House, built in 1912, will serve as a new two-story his- torical museum. "What we've created is a the ScheU Brothers constructed Rehoboth Beach museum, an the new chamber structure, owned administration building and a wel- by the city, which leases it to the come center all within a park," chamber. "We pay fair market said Everhart. value for that lease," said Everhart. Chamber history Back in 2004, Everhart and charnber staffers mailed brochures from the basement of the old rail- road building. Floors above were also used for chamber activities. She planned on returning with her staff to the railroad building to resume work after demolishing a part of it, but federal requirements prohibited using parts of the building. "In order to have staffing back there, it was cost prohibitive," said Everhart. With the cooperation of the city, Steven BIIlups photos Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Carol Everhart says the new 1,200-square-foot chamber building will not only house the chamber's business but will also be home to Rehobeth Beach's park offices. New features, new website The new building will have updated phone and internet lines, and the chamber will also launch a new website, updated in house. The upgraded website will be available in the spring too, she said. At first, said Everhart, con- sumers wanted materials in print. As internet use grew, the need for an enhanced web presence was recognized. "Now, they want them both," she said. The cham- ber receives about 1 million hits per month on its website, she said. A 1-800-phone line is also avail- able to prospective visitors. Everhart manages a staff of six full-time employees and the chamber uses subcontractors for mailings and administrative sup- port. "The chamber creates a mar- keting ann for the resort," said Everhart. Vacation Land, the chamber's annual marketing publication, has a circulation of 70,000 to 100,000. Specific brochures highlighting local chamber members and their businesses are also included in the yearly guide. The chamber also creates adver- tisements for national publica- tions, including USA Today and Southern Living, she said. "As soon as Christmas is over, the vis- Continued on page 31 The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce cuts the ribbon on its new cham- ber administration office at 509 Rehoboth Ave. in The Grove park Wednesday, Feb. 22. Shown are (l-r) Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf D-Rehobeth Beach; Kathy McGuinnes, Rehoboth Beach com- missioner;, Chris Weeks, chamber board member;, Ron Paterson, Rehobpth Beach commission- er;, U.S. Sen'. Tom Carper;, Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford; Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper;, Dale Lomas, chamber board member;, Wendy O. Baker, chamber chairwoman; Dottle Beane, immediate past chairwoman; Tom Woodstock, architectural marketing;, Kay Wheatley, cham- ber board member;, Jeff Farro, RE/MAX; Lana O-Iollaren, chamber board member;, Rachel Farro, chamber board member;, Henry DeWitt, Rehoboth Beach commissioner; Carol Everhart, chamber president and CEO; Bill Bahan, Rehoboth Beach Historical Society presi, dent; Jay Becker, chamber beard member;, and Kelly Sylvester, Delaware National Bank.