City chooses marina operator

The city has chosen Sea Dog Rentals to lease, sub-lease and operate the Salmon Arm Marina.

The city has chosen Sea Dog Rentals to lease, sub-lease and operate the Salmon Arm Marina.

“In addition to providing exceptional business references, Sea Dog Rentals is committed to developing an enhanced website and marketing strategy and will be contacting the Chamber of Commerce, Shuswap Tourism and Downtown Salmon Arm for input,” states a city staff report.

Corporate officer Erin Jackson explained council is receiving the results after months of discussion and negotiations. She said Sea Dog Rentals have been operating at the marina for many years as a subtenant, operating small water craft rentals, so now will take on operation of the marina.

Conditions include: • an annual lease fee of $40,000; • payment of property taxes; • an initial term of three years with a two-year option to renew, providing the arrangement is mutually beneficial; • the encouragement of a strong houseboat presence but no exclusive arrangements with any one houseboat operator.

Staff also reported more of the parking area will be back in the public realm.

“It’s a public wharf, we want the public to use it, we want it to be busy,” said Coun. Alan Harrison. “Having that piece back is important.”