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Hornblower wants shuttle

Hornblower Cruises, located at Ski Run Marina, could be getting a permit to provide waterborne shuttle service, and a South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency parking agreement with Ski Run Marina could make that a reality.

Councilman Tom Davis said he believes the parking agreement is what the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is looking for to grant Hornblower the necessary permit.

Hornblower is hoping to start a service called the Lake Link Meteor, which would take passengers to three different locations around the lake using a 72 passenger, 120 foot boat. The exact docking locations of the shuttle service are still under negotiation, said Kelly Krolicki, director of community relations for Hornblower Cruises.



However, even if the parking agreement is approved, Hornblower would still need approval by the TRPA Governing Board; a hearing date has not been set, Krolicki said.

Part of the permit with TRPA would require a certain amount of paid parking, which the Blue Lake parking lot, according to a parking study paid for by Ski Run Marina, would help provide.




Hornblower, however, is looking at alternative sources for additional parking, Krolicki said.

The proposed agreement between the Redevelopment Agency and Ski Run Marina is similar to the one the two parties shared for the last two years except that Marina owner, Michael Phillips, will pay $2,000 a year to rent the 45 spaces during the summer months instead of $1 per year. Phillips will be allowed to charge $3 for parking at the Blue Lake parking lot, which is expected to be in use only during peak periods.

The Blue Lake lot is not used exclusively by Hornblower but shared by businesses in the Ski Run Marina.

This year the Redevelopment Agency voted down a proposal by Phillips to pay the $1 fee, saying that more money was needed to lease property it purchased for six figures about five years ago.

The Blue Lake lot was initially a hotel the redevelopment agency took by eminent domain. The property was taken to provide additional parking, and the hotel was torn down, so the room allocations could be transferred to the Embassy Vacation Resort, a time-share project on the corner of Ski Run Blvd. and U.S. Highway 50. The project was never fully completed.


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