August 25, 2013

City considers running its own marina



“If we run it (marina) ourselves, then we can change it any way we want,” Brodi said.

Councilor Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6) said he wants the city to take advantage of the waterfront property, but he was concerned about competing with private marinas on the lake.

“But we do need to manage that property better,” he said.

George Rabideau (R-Ward 3) said the city already competes with private enterprise with its gym and garbage collection.


Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2) said he would support looking into a city-run marina, but he wants to see a comprehensive plan for the city and how such a waterfront development would fit in.

“We need to answer a lot of questions first, and right now we are just talking,” he said at the meeting.

“There is no guide.”

After the session, Tiffer elaborated, saying it is difficult to gauge how a waterfront plan would affect the rest of the city without a deeper look into the future.

“We need a comprehensive plan for the waterfront, for downtown, for the entire city,” he said.

“We don’t know the feasibility of plans like this (waterfront plan) until we know all of that, and that needs to be a priority.”

Jackson said no decisions will be made until more research is done and discussions held.

“But we will pursue this,” he said.

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