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July 3, 2013

City chooses Navtours to develop marina

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors chose Navtours as the company they wish to work with in developing a key waterfront site.

“I feel that Navtours is offering a unique service that we don’t have and will expand on those services,” Councilor Mark Tiffer said at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Navtours and Plattsburgh Boat Basin both submitted plans for developing the waterfront at the end of Dock Street.

Both companies offered boating, recreation and food services at a city marina.

The Lake City Local Development Corp. recommended Navtours be the preferred developer after hearing presentations from both businesses and reviewing their plans.

Navtours is based in Quebec and the Bahamas and has provided boat tours on the lake for the past 15 years. Plattsburgh Boat Basin has been in operation next to Dock Street Landing for the past 17 years, running a marina and the Naked Turtle Restaurant.

Beth White, Navtours base manager in Plattsburgh, told councilors Tuesday night that Navtours is in a great position to provide service to local waterfront enthusiasts as well as visitors.

“The economies of Quebec and New York have always been linked and Navtours has an interest in continuing this great tradition of sharing commerce,” she said.

Plattsburgh Boat Basin’s Arthur “Sonny” Spiegel said his outfit already has the infrastructure and equipment to run a marina, and their proposal would cost the city less.

“Please think long and hard before making a decision that another group will have to live with long into the future,” Spiegel said.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak had said on Monday that he felt the council should perhaps delay any decision because a new mayor and council will be taking office after the November election.

Councilor Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2), who is running for mayor, offered to table the decision for a few weeks so the council could get more information on the proposals.

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