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North Lake Tahoe marinas look to expand

Sierra Sun photoJim Phelan, general manager of Tahoe City Marina, points to the projected site of the new expansion area of the marina on June 27.
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Two North Tahoe marina expansions may add hundreds of new boat slips to the North Shore, delighting some boat owners while drawing fire from neighbors and a Tahoe environmental group.

Tahoe City Marina and North Tahoe Marina in Tahoe Vista both have large-scale projects in the works. The first phase of the Tahoe City Marina’s plans have been approved, and could begin this summer.

Along with the Tahoe City project, a new three-story parking structure, which will be jointly funded by the Placer County Redevelopment Agency, is slated for the 2007 building season.



Tahoe City Marina General Manager Jim Phelan said the expansion is addressing a demand illustrated by the 600-plus names on his boat slip waiting list.

“We responded to a need that was indicated in our waitlist and in the community plan put forth,” Phelan said.



The need for more boat slips was realized during the county’s planning efforts for Tahoe City eight years ago. The master plan and first phase of the project were approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Placer County Commission in the spring of 2005.

But Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said there has not been enough discussion over the placement of the parking structure between the highway and the lake.

The league quickly filed a lawsuit to stop the master plan after its approval by the agency.

The first phase also includes alterations and expansion of the current buildings and public facilities, the creation of a water taxi terminal, waterfront bicycle trail, and a self-contained boat wash.

The goal is to have the marina mostly operational by the summer of 2008.

According to Tahoe City Marina’s newsletter, there are hopes to begin reserving new slips in the fall or winter of 2006. The marina’s slips currently rent from $3,600 to $9,990 in the summer and from $2,190 to $2,820 in the winter.

Paul Close, a boat owner and longtime Tahoe City property owner, said space for boat mooring and storage is in great demand.

“It seems a little more equitable to maybe give the lakefront owners one and then create a lottery for the other one [cumulative buoys],” Close said. “Also, I do not see any reason to be concerned with the environmental impacts compared to the large lakefronts that are being built. I welcome the extra places to store and moor our boats.”

But the North Tahoe Marina expansion project also faces opposition.

“It would kill everything,” Alvina Patterson, owner of the Holiday House next door to the marina, said of how the new boat slips would block windsurfing and boating for herself and her overnight patrons.

Patterson said the expansion would extend hundreds of feet into the lake and be visible from Dollar Point to the CalNeva in Crystal Bay.

She also said she wondered if the current amount of parking could handle the addition of scores of new slips.

“Everybody is affected,” Patterson said.

But the North Tahoe Marina’s plans are still in their early stages, and approval is still likely a long way off, said Julie Regan of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“The process to get TRPA approval takes at least a year if not longer. The project is currently at the conceptual stage and has to go through [creation of] the master plan, an environmental analysis and public hearings,” Regan said.

” The Sierra Sun’s Alanna Lungren and David Bunker contributed to this article.

– 139, 18- to 40-foot private slips

– 41 marina-owned buoys

– 2 six-boat storage racks

– 90 on-site parking spaces

– Appx 80, 20- to 65-foot new slips (55 will be rented)

– 8- to 12-boat, two-tiered storage racks

– New three-story 84 space garage, total of 174 on-site parking spaces

Second Phase

– Converts existing buoys to [between] 57 and 60 slips up to 35 feet.


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