The City of Penticton is will be developing a Request for Proposals for the development of a long-term operating management agreement of up to 25 years for the Skaha Marina.
The matter was included as a public opinion question on the recent byelection ballot.
Council had stated previously they would abide by the feedback, which turned out to be 2453 votes in favour, and 2416 against.
The terms upon which the City will be seeking proposals under the RFP process will include the following parameters, which were communicated to the public in advance of the community opinion question process:
- Period of terms up to 25 years
- Maintain existing property and water boundaries
- Maintain similar dock configuration
- Operate using similar sized building footprint
- Performance reviews every three to five years
The successful applicant will also provide the following marina services:
- Short-term and long-term moorage, both on water and vertical dry dock storage
- Marina repairs and accessory retail store
- Gas dock with fuel sales
- Watercraft and equipment rentals
- Operation of a café or licensed restaurant
“The City is acutely aware of the interest surrounding this park and has therefore prepared a multi-step process that aims to keep the public fully informed of the steps being taken to secure a successful long-term operating management agreement for the marina lands at Skaha Park,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki.
“I encourage everyone with an interest in the park to follow the process and share their feedback.”
Draft documents will be available here before the RFP is issued, in the interest of transparency. The City anticipates issuing the RFP in the fall.