Settlement brings changes to Marina |

Settlement brings changes to Marina

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneLakeside Marina opens in a week.

The Lakeside Marina will reopen in a week with a new operator, a legal settlement and major plans for its harbor in the heart of Lake Tahoe coastline redevelopment.

Improvements to be in place by summer 2004 include personal watercraft and boat rentals, along with a boat taxi to shuttle passengers to other marinas — some of which are undergoing changes.

Closure on a deal by Michael Phillips to sell Ski Run Marina to a Los Angeles company is expected soon.

The Lakeside Marina — which routinely closes for winter — had been the focus of a long El Dorado County civil suit between the Lakeside Park Association, a group of hotel and home owners that own access to the marina, and the Lakeside Yacht and Harbor Club, boat owners who fought over access to and control of the marina.

The legal dispute ended in March with a judgment that grants the lease for the 92-slip marina to the association, which in turn, allowed the yacht club boaters first dibs on the slips.

The two groups have been intertwined in negotiations. Awaiting a complete application, the California State Lands Commission is allowing the association to operate on the yacht club’s current lease.

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The earliest the commission may consider the application in a hearing is August, said Jim Frey of the State Lands office in Sacramento.

The yacht club plans to dissolve, with a majority of the club members opting into a rental agreement with higher rates. The cost has doubled for the boaters, with some slips still available, LPA President Zan Barker said.

They now run between $900 and $1,300 a year, the going rate for the Lake Tahoe area where docks come at a premium, yacht club President Don Pereira said.

Pereira has used a slip there since 1957, but the Bay Area man whose family has owned property on the lake for more than a half century has opted out of renting a slip.

“We had a good thing going for 40 years. But things have to change. We’ve always been behind the times,” Pereira said, adding he plans on enjoying the view and launching his 18-foot ski boat from Cave Rock ramp. Pereira wants to anchor his 18-foot sailboat at the Ski Run Marina.

The association hired Bob Hassett of South Lake Tahoe to run the Lakeside Marina, replacing Steve and Roger Gadsby. He also handles operations at the Camp Richardson, Timber Cove, Meeks Bay and Hyatt marinas. Barker said LPA was influenced by Hassett’s professionalism.

Phone calls to Hassett were not returned Wednesday.

The association, under Hassett’s direction, wants to replace the slips with floating docks as part of the small harbor’s upgrade.

Major improvements have been placed on hold over the years — especially as the legal dispute placed the parties in limbo over the marina operation in the last few years.

“Hopefully, this will bring some healing to the community,” Barker said.

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