Tamara Fritz pier dispute reaches settlement
October 27, 2011
KINGS BEACH, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and a West Shore property owner have settled a dispute over a series of environmental rule violations that stretched back to 2008.On Wednesday, Tamara Fritz and the bistate governing agency reached a settlement agreement for violations of TRPA code between April 2008 and March 2011.The violations included an unauthorized pier expansion, the addition of a secondary boatlift, unauthorized storage, snow removal from unpaved areas and violation of cease-and-desist orders at a residence and vacant parcel owned by Fritz on Sunnyside Lane in Tahoe City.The settlement requires Fritz to pay TRPA $35,000 within 30 days and restore the vacant property and remove the boatlift no later then Nov. 15.Terms of the settlement were first presented to the TRPAandamp;#8217;s Legal Committee in July. The committee determined the penalty was too low and requested Fritz or a representative attend any settlement approval.Following the July meeting, Fritz submitted additional information to TRPA showing she believed a lower fine was appropriate, according to a staff report this month.On Wednesday, Jan Brisco, who is representing Fritz through her consulting business, Jan Brisco Consulting, said the information was submitted to TRPA in order to allow Fritz to tell her side of the story.She noted a representative of Fritz was not in attendance at the July meeting and said the information was not given to TRPA as a challenge to staffandamp;#8217;s findings.andamp;#8220;It was merely to better inform their decision, and we ended up settling at the original $35,000,andamp;#8221; Brisco said. andamp;#8220;We were here to settle today and thatandamp;#8217;s what we did.andamp;#8221;TRPA spokeswoman Kristi Boosman said the settlement was considered a compromise by the agencyandamp;#8217;s legal committee. She said both Fritz and TRPA are looking to move forward now that the matter is settled.The lake-front property has been the site of the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show fundraiser.