Waving in Tourism
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on Dec. 4 at Dockside Restaurant and the Blue Heron Pub. The capacity crowd conducted required business and heard Mayor Mike Ham discuss the future of the town.
Mayor Mike Ham speaking at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
Ham told everyone of how he came to discover Colonial Beach in 2008 as a result of a Washington Post article and later made it his home. He expressed his confidence in Colonial Beach and said that though people have told him the town is dead, he believes this is not true and that Colonial Beach has a promising future. Ham said Colonial Beach still has positive elements such as quaintness and friendliness, and that the river is still there. Further commenting on the town’s friendly community, Ham joked that you could break your arm riding through Colonial Beach because of all the people you have to wave to.
Ham said that while Colonial Beach is a great town, there are things that need to be improved, such as changes to some of the town ordinances and improvements in its infrastructure. He went on to talk about the need to replace the Colonial Beach Elementary School and that the school physical plant needs help. He believes those items can be accomplished, partly by initiatives already in progress. Ham explained that there is an urgent need for increased tourism, that the boardwalk needs physical and economic development, and the town’s underdeveloped land needs to find a better use.