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Opposition to boat facility

Property owners near 15th Street are upset about the possibility of a boat facility being built on a meadow in their backyards.

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association sent out fliers to property owners around the meadow, located between Eloise and Venice drives, alerting them to a meeting Saturday about the proposed construction.

The property owners association can only go through with construction of the building if it first acquires the land through a three-way exchange with the Tahoe Keys Marina and the California Tahoe Conservancy.



If the exchange went through, the property owners association would move its current 3.3 acre corporation yard and boat facility adjacent to Tahoe Keys Boulevard.

The land, which is sensitive marsh, would be given to the Conservancy to return it to its natural state and for public access to the Cove East Beach and wetland restoration project.



Association boat storage would be moved to Venice Drive East and the corporation yard would be moved to the 15th Street site.

The marina would receive 1.3 acres of land adjacent to its current parking area for additional parking, with a portion to be used by the public through an agreement between the marina and the Conservancy.

Will Smith, who’s lived in the area for 38 years, said the exchange is good all the way around, except for the corporation yard being moved to the 15th Street meadow near his house.

“I’m definitely against it primarily for the reason I don’t think it’s right to take fragile environmental land that is not conducive to commercial development,” Smith said. ” To take the mess they have now and put it in our meadow is not accomplishing anything.”

Bruce Eisner, Conservancy program manager for land management and acquisitions, said the Conservancy has no immediate plans to enter into the exchange. However, Eisner said the Conservancy will look at the possibility again.

He said the meeting was probably scheduled by the property owners association in an effort to gain public input about the project.

No property owners association members could be reached for comment.

Richard Horton, Tahoe Keys Marina co-owner, said the marina would benefit by the land exchange but he’s not counting on it.

“We’ve been talking about this exchange for years,” Horton said. “It would give us more convenient parking for our customers, but we can live with or without the exchange.”


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