Flea market at airport idea nixed
The Airport Advisory Commission rejected a proposed agreement to allow the Tahoe Flea Market to use its property.
The agreement would have brought the airport $6,000 for six months of use.
The market has recently parted ways with the Elks Club after the two parties were unable to renew their agreement.
Airport Commissioner Patrick Reardon, who also is an Elks Club member, told the rest of the commission in his opinion there were drawbacks to entering into an agreement with the flea market. Reardon did not vote on item due to his prior involvement with the flea market.
Reardon told the commission they must consider what else the market brings, in his experience, beside the obvious benefit of money.
Reardon said the airport should be ready for vendors parking on airport property and staying overnight, people using airport restrooms, the market’s need for electricity, ice, a telephone and a place to wash dishes from food and beverage concessions.
Airport Commissioner Mike Bradford said he didn’t like the idea of food stands on the airport property considering the newly opened Tailspin Restaurant.
Mindy Johnke, general aviation director at Oasis Aviation, Inc. at the airport, agreed with Bradford.
“I don’t want to do anything that would hurt them (the restaurant owners),” Johnke said.
Janis Brand, assistant airport director, said the increased foot traffic at the airport could be a plus for the Tailspin.
“Right now they don’t have any traffic going by there,” Brand said, suggesting flea market patrons could come for the market and wind up having a drink or some food at the restaurant.
Bradford moved that the board approve the agreement with the flea market, with a host of conditions including a $3,000 deposit and the approval of the Tailspin’s owners.
The motion died for lack of a second with Bradford proclaiming the absence of a concurring vote did not hurt his feelings.
The board passed a motion to deny the agreement with the flea market with Reardon abstaining.
The commission’s decision can be appealed to the city council.
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