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January 13, 2014

City closer to decision on marina plans

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors are hoping to make a final decision this week on what to do with a valuable piece of waterfront property.

“I think we should do something because it would greatly improve the property, and we can do it with little or no cost to the taxpayer, and it will increase visitor traffic and help the downtown businesses,” Mayor James Calnon said at the last Common Council meeting.

FINAL VOTE COMING UP

The city is considering plans for the development of a marina at property it owns at Dock Street Landing. Earlier this year, councilors listened to plans from two marina businesses for creating a new venture.

Both Navtours and Plattsburgh Boat Basin offered ideas for operating a city marina that would include boat slips, a restaurant and other waterfront activities, as well as public lake access.

Navtours is a Canadian and local operation, and Plattsburgh Boat Basin operates a marina and the Naked Turtle Restaurant next to Dock Street Landing.

The city opted to negotiate with Navtours, but a final decision on who the preferred developer would be has not been made. The council is expected to vote on final proposals from Navtours and Plattsburgh Boat Basin at the Jan. 16 meeting.

ASSURANCES

Councilor Becky Kasper (D-Ward 5) said she wants to make sure whatever plan the city chooses will work.

“I want to make sure that we have a facility that is top notch,” she said. “I don’t want something that will be run down in short order.”

Councilor Michael Kelly (D-Ward 2) said he wanted to ensure the new marina will cater to locals as well as visitors.

“I want to make sure that the people of Plattsburgh get their money’s worth,” he said, noting that the plans presented call for 30-foot boat slips.

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