Skaha Marina (file photo)

Skaha Marina (file photo)

Penticton selects yacht club to operate Skaha Marina for next 25 years

The proposal would include over $3 million in investments into the marina

The Penticton Yacht Club is looking to be the new long-term operator for the Skaha Marina.

The city announced the results of the process to find the new operator on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with the club’s proposal chosen as the best of the three submitted.

The Penticton Yacht Club, a local non-profit made up of community members, will operate the marina for up to 25 years, and the proposal includes More than $3 million worth of investments to the marina.

For the first five years, it has proposed $565,000 in investments including around $250,000 into immediate upgrades to the marina’s docks and fueling system.

Also included in the proposal is a $2.5 million investment to revitalize the current marina building into a licensed restaurant, accommodations for the existing café, opportunities for design containing indigenous and cultural expression and additional parking.

The support for protecting and enhancing the nearby parkland scored the proposal points, which included attention paid to the riparian land around the marina and plans for additional green space and landscaping to the north of the marina.

The yacht club also included relocating the current boat store and boat repair off-site, along with instituting a boat valet service.

Negotiations on the agreement are still ongoing, and once they are finalized the yacht club will begin working to take over the marina.

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