City to review bids for concession stands
Although summer seems a long way off, South Lake Tahoe is gearing up to place concession stands at key points in town.
Four companies responded Wednesday to a city legal notice to see about running a boat operation out of El Dorado Beach located across from Campground by the Lake. This year, the city is asking the company to not only rent its water toys and human-powered boats like kayaks and paddleboats, but to collect boat-launching fees for the local government.
The city charges $13 for trailer boats that use the ramp to meet grant requirements from California Boating and Waterways. The concessionaire would collect 75 percent of the fees for the city and keep the other quarter. Opening the boat ramp is contingent on the level of Lake Tahoe. The ramp was closed over the last two years.
Bob Hassett, whose Action Sports company is one of the four companies interested, said he’d be open to the added responsibility.
“It certainly seems reasonable if there’s an operation there,” he said.
Hassett runs his marina concession operation out of Camp Richardson, Meeks Bay, the Hyatt in Incline Village and Timber Cove Pier. Lakeview Sports, High Sierra Adventure Sports and Kayak Tahoe also expressed interest.
The leasing rights require $2,000 or 10 percent of the proceeds, whichever is greater, from the concessionaire. The winning bidder will be selected Friday.
“The city is more interested in providing a service to the community than making a profit,” purchasing agent Nancy Jones said.
From boating to eating
Two food concessionaires may want to run the mobile food cart at El Dorado Beach – including Mehdi Behmard, who’s run the hot dog stand on the grassy area above the beach for three years.
Behmard has sold hot dogs, snow cones and sandwiches, an operation that occupies his time in the summer. Behmard once owned the liquor store on Harrison Avenue.
“It’s been good,” he said. He plans to sell “basically the same” items this year if he’s selected to run the stand from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
The city opens up the bidding every three years. It requires $2,000 or 11 percent of gross sales on the goods sold. Restricted goods include alcohol and fireworks.
Down Lakeview Avenue, Daniel Chavez plans to reopen concession stands at Regan Beach and Bijou Community Park, where he’ll sell tacos, burritos, hot dogs and nachos.
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