Water turned back on at Tahoe Keys Marina; legal battle continues
On Friday afternoon, July 28, running water was restored to Tahoe Keys Marina — but the legal battle with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association is not over yet.
Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA), which owns and operates the water company, cut off the water to the independently owned marina on Wednesday, July 12, due to alleged unpaid bills totaling $80,000.
The water shutoff forced the closure of The Fresh Ketch restaurant and its deli, displaced several residential tenants, and left a handful of companies without working bathrooms for over two weeks.
“The marina worked out a deal directly with the property owners association to restore the water service while the case is pending. So water service was restored this afternoon,” said Michael Matuska, attorney for the marina, on Friday.
Details of this agreement were not released, and TKPOA’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
According to Matuska, The Fresh Ketch should be reopening soon, as early as Saturday, July 29, and the tenants have been notified that they can return to their apartments.
“The case is pending, but rather than deposit a bond with the court they elected to make an arrangement directly with the property owners to restore service while the case is pending,” explained Matuska.
The marina has gone before a judge three times requesting the water be turned back on, but was denied all three times.
Most recently at an ex-parte hearing on Thursday, July 27, El Dorado County Judge Suzanne Kingsbury told Tahoe Keys Marina that she would instruct TKPOA to turn back on the water at the marina if the company posted the cash amount in dispute or a $250,000 bond.
Though the water may be turned back on, the legal battle is just beginning.
At the July 27 court appearance, a tentative court date was set for Thursday, Aug. 3, to discuss having the water turned back on. Matuska said they will file to have this hearing canceled, but the case over the water bill will continue on a date to be determined.
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