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Lights out: Agency forces removal of tiki bar

Merry Thomas

INCLINE VILLAGE – The tiki bar at the end of the Hyatt Regency’s pier was removed Monday because it did not comply with two Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regulations.

“The tiki bar is considered a superstructure on the pier, and no superstructures are allowed on piers,” said Julie Regan, TRPA Communications Director.

TRPA also does not allow commercial operations within the shorezone, and the pier is on Nevada State Lands, Regan said.

“We’re working with them … and will be addressing it at our next board meeting at the end of the month,” she said.

The topic will come before the TRPA’s legal committee.

Hyatt General Manager Fred Euler said the resort complied, and that’s what’s important.

“We did take the gazebo down,” he said.

Euler said he has not been in the area long enough to be aware of what is allowed in the basin.

“We’re here to do business and we want to follow everyone’s guidelines,” he said.

At this point, it is too early to tell if the bar removal will affect business, Euler said.

“Time will tell. We have food and beverage indoors and the hotel will be busy all summer,” he said. “It was obviously a popular spot.”

Euler reiterated the importance of striving for compliance with local agencies.

“The Hyatt has been a good corporate citizen,” he said.

The next TRPA meeting is scheduled for July 27 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.

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