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Meeks Bay bid responses

Patrick McCartney

Editor’s note: The following limited information was provided by the U.S. Forest Service in response to a request by the Tribune under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The Forest Service declined to release to the public information about the proposed capital investment or proposed return to the Forest Service as of press time.

Applicant, vision, new facilities and services, development plans

Meeks Bay Historic Restoration and Preservation Limited Liability Corp.



Mike Lafferty, principal

Vision



Intent of restoring much of the historical significance of Meeks Bay Resort. It is the intention of this company to restore the tradition of this resort for people from all walks of life. A cornerstone of the proposal is to remove the existing lodge and replace it with a replication of the resort’s first lodge building in the original location.

New facilities

Construct walking bridge, seasonal beach area restaurant. Overnight year-round lodging and year-round restaurant. Recreation rentals (snowboards, bicycles, boats, sailboards); organized recreation activities (from river rafting to scuba diving and sleigh rides); in-room satellite reception and computer modems; shuttle services.

Development plans

Reconstruct and underground all water, sewer and electric lines. Add 20 larger cabins and 46 small cabins. Construct new dance hall and restaurant lodge; furnish landscaping and irrigation; remove 12 beachside apartments and existing lodge.

Meeks Bay Co.

California Guest Services and California Land Management, principals

Vision

The mission of the Meeks Bay Co. is to provide recreation, retail, hospitality and event management services to visitors and guests. The company proposes to renew the facility, include a range of accommodation opportunities and use a resort decor and theme that elicits images of the early and native American experience.

New facilities

Refurbish campground restroom and shower house. Provide motorboats and other boats for rental; telephone service to cabins and motel; shuttle service to South Shore. Provide beverage service at visitors center; pancake breakfasts and barbecues on selected days; add on-site beer and wine sale; open gift shop and store. Furnish recreation rentals, develop interpretive displays and activities program, including evening campfire programs.

Development plans

Reorganize floor plan of visitors center to include space for library; establish buoy field at marina and replace all finger docks and pilings; dredge marina. Increase number of full hookups in campground from 10 to 36; construct tent cabins. Convert Kehlet Mansion to bed and breakfast facility; implement a cafeteria buffet. Develop children’s beach playground.

Nathan Topol

Owner, Homewood Ski Area

Vision

Invest in major repairs, improvements and new developments.

New facilities

Repair foot bridge over Meeks Creek, dredge marina, refurbish existing restroom and shower house. Rent mountain bikes, provide beach toys. Offer fishing guide and provide boat rentals. Obtain on-site liquor license. Develop self-guided programs on local history, wildlife and lake sensitivity. Sell fishing supplies and accessories, firewood.

Development plans

Reconfigure area for expansion. Plan for group area. Stabilize sea wall. Convert beach snack bar into restaurant and bar; plan restaurant and bar. Build floating pier. Relocate Topol Pavilion to Meeks Bay; relocate campground restrooms to beach area.

Charles W. Ellison II and Family

Vision

Our mission is to provide reasonably priced, family-oriented lodging, camping and marina facilities, emphasizing high-quality service to our guests and to the community. Our goals are to provide safe, secure and well-maintained facilities in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

New facilities

Dredge marina; provide children’s hour, begin arts and crafts fair. Initiate community day program. Add dining and winter use, if possible.

Development plans

Add five single and two group RV sites, add two group campsites and RV dump; Replace docks and slips. Add four-unit condo on west and replace four-unit condo on north, replace condo on south. Add beach restrooms. Build group lodging facility.

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California

Vision

The keys for success at the resort are: enhance the environment and improve its management; improve the customer product at Meeks Bay; attract return visitors while developing new markets; practice sound management and business decisions.

New facilities

Refurbish interiors, reconstruct cabins, motels and condos. Provide interpretive and educational activities of the area’s archeology. Provide transportation, including water taxi and shuttle service. Connect bicycle route to North Shore bicycle path. New reservation system. Provide new boat, beach toy rentals. Furnish playground equipment, interpretive trails, water ski school and parasail. Provide convenience food to lodge. Provide fishing guides, Emerald Bay boat rides, and consider future conference service and year-round facilities.

Development plans

Complete master plan by 1999 and conservation plan within one year. Comply with Americans with Disability Act within five years. Landscape campground, redesign traffic flow, expand picnic area, install day-use restrooms. Plan new snack bar, provide full-service restaurant and consolidate food service into central facility.

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