Marina’s future discussed

Special to the PRESS

A workshop session to discuss the future of the Laguna Vista Marina will be scheduled for Town Council, Laguna Vista Recreational Association members and the public. The date and time for the session was not available at Press time.

Two Council agenda items relating the the appraisal and lease of the marina were tabled Tuesday in lieu of the pending workshop.

Discussion and possible action to authorize the City Manger to secure a market analysis and/or appraisal of the Marina was proposed by Council Members Richard Hinojosa and Wanda Rice.

A second item, Discussion and possible action to review the Laguna Vista Recreational Association Marina Lease with the Town was proposed by Council Members Gary Meschi and Michael Carter.

Council members agreed that the meeting be conducted in a larger area than the Town Hall meeting room in order to “hash-out problems” associated with the lease agreement.

The lease has long been a source of contention within the community with some saying the marina association membership is exclusive and should be open to the public as it is publicly owned by the Town.

However, the Town’s website lists the following: “Everyone who lives in Laguna Vista has the opportunity to enjoy use of the boat ramp by becoming a member of the Association. Even if you don’t own a boat, and choose not to become a member, you can appreciate the beauty of the view of the bay that the marina property offers all residents of Laguna Vista.”

Regulations include that each year, starting in June, membership is renewed and members will receive a key to the lock on the gate at the entrance to the marina. Dues may be paid at any time during the year, however, the lock will be changed in June & dues must be current to receive a key.

“All members are expected to abide by a set of rules that have been established for the safety and protection of the membership.

The Association dues are used for the sole purpose of maintaining the marina property, insurance, and any expenses that are incurred in managing the Association.”

The association has about 100 members and say they “are constantly welcoming new friends to the Association as our city grows and prospers.

  2. Only Members may use keys
  3. Members are Laguna Vista residents and property owners
  4. No personal water craft
  5. No swimming or wading
  6. Children must be accompanied by an adult
  7. No trailers parked overnight
  8. Members must lock gate
  9. No bait in trash cans
  10. Use facilities at your own risk

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