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Colonial Beach tourism officials pleased with summer season
BY REBECCA J. BARNABI
The height of the 2012 tourism season has passed in Colonial Beach, but the summer brought a lot of visitors to the town.
Trish King, chairwoman of the Colonial Beach Tourism Council, told the Town Council Thursday night that more than 2,300 tourists have visited the Potomac River town since May.
King said May brought 392 visitors, followed by 602 in June, 525 in July, 453 in August and already 372 for the first two weeks of September.
"With that, I can say the town has been discovered," said King. "That's only a snapshot of the people who have come into town."
King said tourists came from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. There were also some from the Philippines, Europe and Canada, she added.
"We put our best foot forward," said King.
The Colonial Beach Tourism Council worked with the town's Chamber of Commerce and reached out to local businesses to make this year's tourism season successful, King said. Many visitors said they learned about the town through Internet advertisements or an ad in The Washington Post.
She said that the Tourism Council will work to improve its outreach, and is planning to place an ad with Westmoreland County in the 2013 Virginia Tourism Guide.
In other meeting news:
The council unanimously agreed to eliminate a $300 water meter fee and to give refunds to customers who have previously paid the fee.
The council amended the 2012-13 budget to include a $1,338 grant to the fire department.
The Colonial Beach Foundation and Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor forums for the candidates for council, mayor and School Board from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23-4 at the Town Center. Town residents are invited to submit questions to candidates up to 15 minutes before the forums at
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Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn said VDOT will be in Colonial Beach 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Town Center to discuss detours, road closings and upcoming bridge work near Wilkerson's restaurant.
Councilman Gary Seeber said a hearing on the Eleanor Trailer Park property will be advertised for the Oct. 11 council meeting.