Maskas wel­comes tourism so­lu­tions, with­draws res­ig­na­tion

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Mc­caslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Just three weeks after sub­mit­ting her res­ig­na­tion, cit­ing in­suf­fi­cient fo­cus by county of­fi­cials on tourism, San­dra Maskas was per­suaded by in­terim county ad­min­is­tra­tor Brenda Gar­ton to re­main in her post as man­ager of the Rap­pa­han­nock County Visitors Cen­ter.

“Brenda Gar­ton . . . and I spent some time at the Visitors Cen­ter work­ing through some so­lu­tions and com­pro­mises to the space use and flow of the build­ing, and I felt these res­o­lu­tions to shar­ing the space with county ad-

min­is­tra­tion and guest traf­fic can work for both,” Maskas in­forms the Rap­pa­han­nock News.

“I per­son­ally love greet­ing and as­sist­ing visitors with in­for­ma­tion, maps, and help­ing them with their travel plan­ning by mak­ing sug­ges­tions of places they can visit and ac­tiv­i­ties in the area they can ex­plore. I also feel a strong con­nec­tion to our lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and Rap­pa­han­nock County.”

Maskas has manned the county owned Visitors Cen­ter on Rt. 211 since it opened in Septem­ber 2010. She had an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion ef­fec­tive Nov. 6, com­plain­ing that on­go­ing ren­o­va­tions to the build­ing had min­i­mized the Visitors Cen­ter space.

“They are shrink­ing the Visitors Cen­ter to one room of the build­ing,” she re­vealed. “They cut our space by more than half.”

The ren­o­va­tions, which got un­der­way last month, are to pro­vide sorely needed meet­ing and of­fice space for Rap­pa­han­nock County of­fi­cials.

Maskas says Busi­nesses of Rap­pa­han­nock pres­i­dent Theresa Wood was also on hand to help work out so­lu­tions to the new visitors’ space.

Wood said this week that Maskas “is an in­valu­able as­set to our county and I am de­lighted she has de­cided to stay on as the man­ager of the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. San­dra, along with sev­eral ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, works week­ends and hol­i­days to en­sure that the thou­sands of visitors to our county have a pleas­ant stay. Her love of Rap­pa­han­nock is bound­less and her un­bri­dled en­thu­si­asm for lo­cal busi­nesses is sim­ply con­ta­gious. You can see it on the faces of the visitors as they leave the cen­ter. She’s amaz­ing.”

Wood added: “San­dra took a stand for all the busi­nesses of Rap­pa­han­nock by putting her job on the line and the county heard her con­cerns — as well as those ex­pressed by Busi­nesses of Rap­pa­han­nock — loud and clear. We ap­plaud her com­mit­ment to the busi­nesses that make tourism a vi­able rev­enue stream for this county.

“Also, I would like to thank Brenda Gar­ton . . . and the board of su­per­vi­sors for their com­mit­ment to keep­ing San­dra at the [cen­ter] and re­turn­ing use of the cen­ter to all the peo­ple of Rap­pa­han­nock — busi­nesses, res­i­dents, and visitors.”

Maskas most re­cently has worked as a paid part­time county em­ployee, al­beit with­out ben­e­fits. For six­plus years she had man­aged the cen­ter as a sub­con­trac­tor and self-em­ployed con­trac­tor.

BY ROGER PIANTADOSI

Maskas has manned the county owned Visitors Cen­ter on Rt. 211 since it opened in Septem­ber 2010.

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