Airport merchants ask for help |

Airport merchants ask for help

When commercial air service to the South Lake Tahoe Airport ceased in November, so did most of the business for the merchants who operate out of the terminal.

Now they’re asking for help.

The Tailspin Restaurant and The Airport Gift Shop have requested that their monthly rent be reduced until commercial air service is restored.

In a workshop examining the airport’s status, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will decide today if the two airport businesses will get a break.

Airport Manager Rick Jenkins has recommended that the restaurant’s rent be reduced by half to $825 per month and that the Airport Gift Shop minimum payment of $472.79 per month be suspended and payment of 17 percent of its monthly gross sales continued.

The future of the airport will also be discussed in the 3 p.m. workshop.

Bringing back scheduled air service, enhancing general aviation and retaining the air traffic control tower services are some of the goals that Jenkins has outlined for discussion.

The regular city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Council Chambers are located at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

On the agenda:

– A presentation on the possible renovation of Chateau Bijou Apartment Complex with the help of a tax credit program

– An investment portfolio report

– Second reading of an ordinance replacing Chapter 10 of the city code on cable television

What: Status of the South Lake Tahoe Airport

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Where: South Lake Tahoe Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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