By Bob Keith

Mayor of Lake Lure, NC

Hoffman

Hoffman

As I was sitting down to write my Breeze article for July, across my laptop came the Town’s email newsletter produced by our Town Communications Coordinator, Valerie Hoffman. It contains everything (and more) that I could possibly think of to communicate to all of you Breeze aficionados. For example, the newsletter covers the Town’s approved annual budget, new regulations for boathouses and non-motorized boats, an update on the search for a Town Manager, the renaming of the trails and park across from Ingles to the Dittmer/Watts Park, a newly structured and managed Dirty Dancing Festival by our local Chamber and the Chimney Rock Park trail grant of $700,000. Valerie has certainly put it all together this month. You can go to the Town website for the complete write-up or, if you are not already on the email distribution, sign up to have the newsletter come to you directly.

Water Taxi Trial

Logan Hartzog came to the Town with an idea for a water taxi service on the lake. The concept was explored in the 2007 Comprehensive Plan with 2/3 of respondents indicating that they thought it was a good idea. Consider some guests staying at Rumbling Bald Resort who wanted to dine at La Strada, Larkin’s or the Lake Lure Inn but didn’t want to navigate the windy roads especially after a couple of adult beverages. Like an Uber service, they could contact

Hartzog

Hartzog

Logan and be taken by boat to the other side of the lake and returned safely after a wonderful dining experience. The service would also include a shuttle to transport people up into Chimney Rock Village for dining and shopping and all that touristy stuff. Sound like a good idea? Well, Town Council agreed to a trial period for this summer and then evaluate all aspects of the taxi service this fall. Good luck to Logan and his enthusiastic, entrepreneurial spirit.

Thanks From Chris Braund

Let me close out this article with a thank you letter the Town received shortly after Chris’ going away party. Chris served as the Town Manager for seven years. Have a fabulous summer!

To all my dear friends and neighbors and playmates and collaborators and co-conspirators in Lake Lure, and especially those of you that planned and hosted the wonderful event last Wednesday:

I’m at a loss to express how wonderful you made me, Karen and my parents feel.  I am so blessed and a bit lucky to have had the opportunity to work in such a beautiful community, in a job so challenging and rewarding, with people that were so kind and giving, and to then receive the warm reception and accolades that you shared in the middle of my career.  Most people don’t get a chance to hear that until the end of their career…if at all.  All of your comments and the letters of gratitude have inspired me try to be an even better leader and husband and friend.  I only wish your new Town Manager could have been there to witness the depth of support that awaits them.

Thank you to Patrick and George for providing the facility and food and the meal for our family. And please pass on my thanks to any other restaurants that were involved…I didn’t see them as I was so occupied greeting people.

Thank you to the Veryle Lynn for the amazing artwork in the Lake Lure bowl…it’s displayed proudly and prominently in our home.   And thanks to Blaine for photography and for being such a valuable mentor and sounding board and devil’s advocate.

Thank you to Tommy and Kevin and Wyn and the Chamber team for the hiking staff and for their ongoing and unflagging support of commerce in the gorge.

Thank you to Lynn for the Gratitude vase filled with such supportive thoughts from all of my friends.  This is one I will certainly pay forward.  

Thank you to Russ for the slide show (which you still need to send me )

Thanks to Valerie and Linda for helping to coordinate and facilitate and advertise.

Thanks to Steve Gale for the rat and for outing us publicly with our wildlife challenges   

Thanks most of all to Mayor Bob, my daily companion and leader in Town Hall.  In so many ways, he has set the tone for the community that enabled things to happen.  When he leaves office, I’ll be there for his send-off which needs to be twice as big as mine.

And please forward this on to anyone else that had a hand in this special event that I’ll never forget. I love you all and the Lake Lure community.  I will continue to be a huge supporter and booster and to be involved in making the dream of the Summits Trail become a reality.”

Chris

Lake Lure’s Flowering Bridge committee in cooperation with the Lake Lure Lions Club dedicated the Bridge’s new Sensory Trail, Cell Phone Tour, Welcome Terrace and Helen Keller Memorial Fountain with a grand opening June 4.  Left to Right: Mary Ellen Jones, Rick Malick, Shana (Rick's Guide Dog), Penny Watkins, Kim Owen, Bill Miller. All are Lions Club members. Bill Miller is a founding member of the LLFB Committee. Mary Ellen and Penny are from the Lake Lure Lions Club, and Rick and Kim are from the Black Mountain McCune Lions Club. Photo by Mike Lumpkin

Lake Lure’s Flowering Bridge committee in cooperation with the Lake Lure Lions Club dedicated the Bridge’s new Sensory Trail, Cell Phone Tour, Welcome Terrace and Helen Keller Memorial Fountain with a grand opening June 4. 
Left to Right: Mary Ellen Jones, Rick Malick, Shana (Rick’s Guide Dog), Penny Watkins, Kim Owen, Bill Miller.
All are Lions Club members. Bill Miller is a founding member of the LLFB Committee.
Mary Ellen and Penny are from the Lake Lure Lions Club, and Rick and Kim are from the Black Mountain McCune Lions Club.
Photo by Mike Lumpkin