Residents could get place to store boats |

Residents could get place to store boats

Susan Wood
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Tahoe Keys boat owners often look for space to store their vessels and trailers. The Property Owners Association is considering allowing its members to store them at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Boats at airports may be as likely as farms in Berkeley, but they may have their place at South Lake Tahoe.

The city is reviewing a plan by the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association to have boats and trailers stored at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Both parties see the proposal as a win-win.

Local government officials are exploring ways to make the city-run airport more viable since no commercial service exists. Other ideas include locating Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and a visitors center there.

To their benefit, the Keys homeowners with boats have long been perplexed about where to store them in winter and their trailers in other seasons. There are 1,532 homeowners located in the Tahoe Keys. About a fifth live in townhomes.

“Most likely, the people who will use the space need a place for their trailers,” Tahoe Keys Property Owners Administrator Jill Southerland said Wednesday.

The idea will come before the association’s board for its next meeting April 16.

Southerland and the city have batted around a few options in preliminary discussions. One involved a paved area near the airport ramp.

City Airport Manager Mike Dikun is leaning toward a 300- by 40-foot building near the Civil Air Patrol station.

“I think we’ll be able to accommodate them,” Dikun said, adding the airport would deal with the association, not individual boat owners.

Neither party has negotiated a rental rate, but an agreement is expected.

“I think it’s a great idea. It would be good revenue for the city,” Mayor Tom Davis said.

-Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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