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Flood Relief for Home and Business Owners in the Towns of Middletown and Sidney

The Governor announced on April 26 that he has set aside $3 million in funding for the Towns of Middletown and Sidney. You may be eligible for assistance to pay for unmet needs as a result of Hurricane Irene. Please see the following website for more information:

http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/sites/all/themes/ny_sandy_help/documents/smarthome-factsheet.pdf

Note: link says Sandy but it is for Irene and Lee also. Keep in touch for all local emergency news for the Town of Middletown at: http://middletownelawarecountyny.org

 

The Enhanced Recreational Access to the East Branch of the Delaware Stream Cooridor initiative has created the business survey below to seek you input on issues that will help to shape the final outcome of this valuable project. Funded by the NYCDEP through the Stream Management Program administered by the Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District this project is looking a the East Branch from its headwaters in Grand Gorge through the towns of Roxbury, Middletown and Andes and villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville. Tributaries which feed into the East Branch are part of the access plan.

You may print this out and return by mail to: CCCC, POBox 605, Margaretville, NY 12455 or go to:

http://www.EastBranchAccess.com where you will find the online link to the survery. Thank you.

 

 

 

Business Survey for opportunities to increase East Branch Enhanced Recreational Access
And NYC/Catskill Reservoirs for Non-Motorized Boating and Fishing
Summer 2012
 
Project Goal: To create and then implement a comprehensive plan to increase public access to the East Branch of the Delaware Stream Corridor and its tributaries in the Towns of Roxbury, Andes, Middletown including the Villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns. This survey will collect details of public and business interests in gaining access, amenities needed such as rest rooms and most efficient ways to communicate details including maps, website, signage and events. What types of resources would be important? What types of services are needed?
 
1.       Identify your business type:
   Recreation-based business: outfitter, licensed guide
   Retail based on outdoor recreation: outfitter, ski shop, bike or boat rentals
   Restaurant: café, full-service w/bar, pizza
   Take-out food: packaged meals, snacks
   Liquor Store
   Supermarket
   Real Estate
   Destination Resort
   Camp Grounds
   Lodging: B&B, Motel, Camp for RV, Hostel
   Lodging: full-service with meals, activities
   Service: Gas, Convenience Store
   Retail: Misc.
   Arts/Galleries/Crafts
   Professional: Insurance, Banking, Utilities
   Marketing/Advertising/Communications
   Theater/Movies
   Music/Entertainment
   Non-Profit: Regional
 
2.       Town/Village
   Roxbury
   Grand Gorge
   Halcottsville
   Kelly Corners
   Margaretville
   Arkville
   Dunraven
   New Kingston
   Fleischmanns
   Andes
 
3.       Business is Open
   Full-time
   Part-time
   Retirement Business
   Seasonal Business
o   Summer
o   Winter
   Home-Based
   Single Operator
   1-3 Employees
   4-6 Employees
   Over 7 Employees
 
4.       Customers?
   Full-time
   Part-time
   Seasonal
o   Summer
o   Winter
o   Recreation Related
o   Weddings
o   Family/Friend Visits
o   Event Based
 
5.       Do you have a marketing and advertising budget?
   Yes
   No
 
6.       If yes, approximately how much do you spend on marketing and advertising annually?
   $100 - $500
   $501 - $1,000
   More than $1,000
 
7.       Who is your target market for advertising?
   Age Specific
   Tourist/Traveler
   Full time Resident
   Part time Resident
   Outdoors Market
 
8.       Where do you spend your advertising budget?
   Print Ads Locally
   Word of Mouth
   Group Advertising
   Posters
   Direct Mail Campaigns
   Brochures
   Social Media
   Website/Email
   Mobile Users
 
9.       Do you have time to get to know your customers?
   Yes
   No
 
10.   If so, has it made a difference in what you offer your customers or changed your business in anyway?
   Yes
   No
 
11.   Are your customers interested in recreational activities?
   Yes
   No
 
12.   What recreational activities are they interested in?
   Kayaking on East Branch Stream
   Kayaking on the reservoirs
   Canoeing on East Branch Stream
   Canoeing on the reservoirs
   Hiking
   Biking
   Skiing
   Bird Watching
   Public Swimming Pools
   Ponds and Swimming Holes
   Star Gazing
   Planned events
   Scheduled Weekend of Events
   Scheduled Weekend including lodging and food
   Guided Activities
   Geo-Caching
   Family Events
 
13.   What do you think, as a business in the area, is the biggest stumbling block to expanding access for improved outdoor recreation options?
   Marketing/Advertising to potential tourists
   Signage
   Easily found printed material such as maps, brochures
   Websites related to recreational access
   Cell-phone connections
   Lodging and Restaurants
   Amenities: Public Bathrooms
   Outfitters: rentals and equipment sales
   Condition of Roadways
   Lack of Informational Kiosks
   Other: __________________________________________________________________________
 
14.   Would you participate in discounted promotional campaign to draw customers to your business that are traveling for recreation in the Catskills?
   Yes
   No
 
15.   Would you collaborate with other businesses to create a package deal or coupon booklet for outdoor recreation such as lodging, guided services, rentals and meals?
   Yes
   No
 
16.   Would you be willing and able to offer mid-week specials to increase revenue?
   Yes
   No
 
17.   Would you offer a seasonal deal such as buy one at regular price, get the next two/three at discount?
   Yes
   No
 
 
18.   Give us your top three requests that would help your business grow and benefit from the outdoor recreational access opportunities in and around your town or village along the East Branch Stream corridor.
 
a.___________________________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________________________
c. ___________________________________________________________________________________
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 



 
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PO Box 605
Margaretville, NY 12455

Phone: 845-586-3300
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