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Fallen Leaf Board approves operator change at store and marina

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Following more than six hours of discussion on Saturday, the Fallen Leaf Lake Community Services District Board of Directors approved a change in operators at the small South Shore community’s store and marina.

The board voted 3 to 1 to have Albuquerque, N.M.-based All Star Catering take over operations at the Fallen Leaf Lake store and decided to have the community services district take control of operations at the lake’s marina with the help of a as of yet unnamed marina manager.

The decision to remove longtime store and marina managers John and Ruth Rich has deeply divided members of the South Shore enclave since the board began considering a change of operators in April. John and Ruth Rich operated the store and marina for 14 years prior to Saturday.

Board members who voted for the change expressed concerns about the Richs’ trustworthiness during Wednesday’s meeting and said the switch could generate up to $75,000 in additional annual revenue for the district.

Supporters of John and Ruth Rich contended the couple have gone above and beyond their contractual requirements with the community services district and said the operator change was largely based on the biases of some board members.

Although there have been indications a lawsuit could follow the removal of the John and Ruth Rich, supporters said it was to early to tell what, if any, legal action could follow the board’s decision.

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