Ski Run Parking – council settles it |

Ski Run Parking – council settles it

Sarah Gonser

Without beating around the bush, the South Lake Tahoe City Council told businesses and tenants of the Ski Run Marina Tuesday exactly how to deal with their parking shortage during peak summer months.

And lest that not be enough, a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Ski Run Marina owner Mike Phillips, clearly outlining their agreement concerning the parking regulations, will be signed at the July 6 council meeting.

“This is a Band-Aid solution to get us through the busy season,” said Councilman Tom Davis, who along with Councilwoman Brooke Laine, explored Marina parking options and compiled recommendations for the council. “And it will be memorialized with a MOU so that it has to be enforced.”

Beginning immediately, and for the duration of the summer, Phillips and the city of South Lake Tahoe agreed to implement seven steps:

– Marina owner must direct employees to park on Ski Run Boulevard north of Pioneer Trail.

– Marina owner must establish shuttle service for employees parking on Ski Run Boulevard.

– Marina owner must issue parking stickers to all employees for easy recognition.

– City must provide signs on Paradise Avenue limiting maximum parking time to four hours, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

– City must provide parking enforcement on Paradise Avenue.

– Marina owner must implement trolley service from Blue Lake lot and Paradise Avenue to Marina and back.

– Marina must continue to use parking attendant system to help direct traffic.

Surviving the busy season, said Laine, will require cooperation and strict enforcement of the rules.

“I think the key thing we all agree on is if the Marina does not implement their part, the city will rescind its part. Then, all bets are off,” Laine told the council.

The parking issue will come before the council again in October for further review. Council did not address a proposal by Phillips to lease the Blue Lake Motel lot from the city and Phillips’ lawyer did not allow his client to address the council on this matter.

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