HAMPTON For nearly 20 years John Kane has been a part of the heartbeat of Hampton Seashore, working every day to promote the seashore’s occasions and going to the boardwalk to verify they go off with no hitch.
Whereas Kane will nonetheless be on the seashore this summer time, he won’t be manning his regular duties, a lot of which go above and past his job description because the Hampton Seashore Village District advertising and marketing director. He stated the return of his prostate most cancers, which he hoped to have already crushed, has led docs to advise he gradual his life down and step away from work.
“It is positively time,” stated Kane, who notified the Village District commissioners this month that he can be stepping down from his place in March after 19 years.
“I am wanting ahead to really having a enjoyable time this summer time,” stated Kane. “No strain, no complications. Simply benefit from the seashore.”
Kane’s duties might be taken over by two individuals who have been working with him for a while now – Denise Brown and Lisa Martineau. His time engaged on the seashore has included promoting throughout the Northeast and Canada. He can all the time be discovered on the boardwalk photographing occasions just like the Grasp Sand Sculpting Basic, the Nation on the Coast pageant and the 2 not too long ago added Boston Circus Guild performances in September. He additionally oversaw the beginning of Monday Evening Films on the Seashore, which at this time attracts tons of of children every week to Hampton in the summertime.
Within the 19 years since Kane grew to become advertising and marketing director, he has seen Hampton Seashore obtain quite a few awards. Since 2017 alone, Hampton Seashore has been named to lists tallying the most effective boardwalks, seashores and resorts on regional and nationwide ranges. They had been named “Greatest Seashore Boardwalk” within the nation by Coastal Residing in 2017.
Kane has additionally served as a Village District treasurer and commissioner, in addition to vice chair of the Hampton Space Chamber of Commerce’s Seafood Pageant. The chamber awarded him in 2002 with their William “Invoice” Elliot Award for his contributions to the neighborhood and the enterprise neighborhood.
Hampton Seashore Village District Commissioner Chuck Rage stated Kane works extensively to verify all the things runs easily all through the summer time. If an occasion just like the Wednesday evening fireworks is canceled, he stated Kane will personally rush up and down the Boulevard to let each enterprise know so they’re within the loop for their very own planning.
“That is stuff that occurs inside minutes, and he is on the market doing it,” stated Rage. “It is going to be an enormous loss to the Village District as a result of, what he is executed previously, it will take a pair folks to do the identical work.”
Kane stated he’ll do something to forestall an occasion from being canceled. He recalled when a newly put in storage door within the state parks facility was locked and threatened Films on the Seashore one Monday evening, because the projector was inside. Kane took a sledgehammer to the door’s deal with in hopes of getting the projector out. It did not work and the evening was nonetheless canceled, however Kane stated he proved he would quite threat his personal pores and skin than let down tons of of children on the seashore.
“I stated, you’ve got gotta be kidding me. I’ve obtained 600 folks on the seashore which were there for 2 hours and I am unable to get this door down and there is not any key?” stated Kane. He stated he advised his workers, ‘They can not hearth me.”
“Step again and I am going to take the blame,” stated Kane. “The present’s obtained to go on.”
Kane stated his persistence has been efficient, as that was the one evening Films on the Seashore was canceled. He stated he is motivated by the youngsters he sees smiling within the sand as they watch films on the projector display.
“To make reminiscences for the youngsters,” stated Kane. “In order that once they develop up and so they’re interested by a spot to go, they are going to wish to come to Hampton Seashore. I actually imagine that.”
Kane has been suggested previously to decelerate for his well being, having additionally suffered a coronary heart assault along with his battle with most cancers. He stated it has by no means been straightforward to take heed to that recommendation, however this time he’s taking it significantly.
He was advised in January, regardless of having surgical procedure to take away the most cancers just a few years in the past at Massachusetts Normal Hospital, the most cancers had returned and he would wish extra chemotherapy. The remedy has been taxing because it started, he stated, from bodily ache to fixed sizzling flashes and “chemo fog” that makes it laborious to focus. He determined not to withstand their recommendation and to take it straightforward.
“They stated, ‘Do you want the cash?’ No, I do not,” stated Kane. “So I’ll take pleasure in life.”
Rage doesn’t view Kane as going very far, as Rage’s retailer and lodge are positioned subsequent door to Kane’s Ocean Boulevard house. He additionally doubts Kane will be capable of stand watching from the sidelines as a lot as he claims this summer time.
“Do not let anyone idiot you, so long as he can stroll round, he’ll be concerned in all the things,” stated Rage. “I can stroll over and say, ‘John, what will we gotta do?’ And he’ll have a solution.”
Kane agreed he’ll nonetheless be out on the boardwalk and seashore this summer time, although he insists he might be taking it straightforward. He could even depart his digital camera at house, although he likes taking footage.
“It is solely out my entrance door,” stated Kane. If the Village District ever wants his recommendation, he stated, “All they need to do is choose up the telephone.”