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It is up to us to protect Lake Tahoe

Alvina Patterson
My Turn

The fourth and last steering committee meeting for the North Tahoe Marina expansion at Tahoe Vista is open to the public and will be held at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach, 8318 North Lake Blvd, on Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The proposed 9-foot-high marina wall on the west side of the marina, on the property line shared with the Holiday House, will go out clear to the last motor boat you currently see hanging at the end of 48 boats in front of the marina. The east wall will run 800 feet back to shore along the Hickman residence’s property line. The proposed width on the shore of the marina will be 350 feet, but the width at the 800 foot mark has not yet been defined.

The scenic impact is devastating and visible from Dollar Point clear to Cal Neva.

Think of the impact this will have on the surrounding area, including the Tahoe Vista drinking water intake is about 1,200 feet away. No recreational paddle boater, kayaker or windsurfer can safely go along the shore from Tahoe Vista to Kings Beach anymore. The gasoline station they propose will be 600 feet out in the lake, and the pollution of such an increase of motorboats in the water forbids us to swim next door, which was our favorite recreation, until now.

They also propose to have 200 water and electric hook ups for the slips. Doing this will encourage overnight and 24-hour usage for 365 days year round compared to 20 slips and 48 buoys now from May to September.

With the ever-increasing size and number of motorboats the marina has taken on it’s currently bursting out of its seams. There is a long overdue parking lot for 47 spaces, which they have never built. How can the expansion be allowed when they haven’t fulfilled their current obligation and agreement?

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The Wild Goose restaurant is a private “Club Tahoe”. No public access, and I predict as soon as the expansion is approved it will be a gated marina for the developments in Northstar. Have you seen Northstar lately? Do we want another Tonopalo?

Here me now: The expansion from 27 slips (now 20) to 200 slips has not happened yet. It is up to us to protect this beautiful lake.

If you are concerned please come to the meeting on Aug. 24. Please write letters to TRPA planner David Landry, POB 5310 Stateline NV 89449. I don’t want to take your time with 14 reasons why this project is too disturbing for Lake Tahoe, but I am happy to mail or fax them to you.

Please call Alvina 530-546-2369.

Thank you for doing what you can for a better, or at least sustainable, future for Lake Tahoe. We owe it to this lake, which is our inspiration, the pleasure we receive, the beauty, the recreation, the views and enjoyment we get from it.

We are all so grateful for what we have, let’s not destroy it

Alvina Patterson is a resident of Tahoe Vista.