During a public meeting on Jan. 25, the Marina Property (formerly known as Casino Marina) Subcommittee asked the public for assistance in encouraging third-party vendors interested in operating either a full marina or a restaurant/bar to complete an online form by Feb. 23 to aid the BV County Conservation Board in making a decision about the use of the property.
The group shared three potential uses for the marina property: a full marina; a nature center and BV County Conservation shop; and a restaurant/bar and BV County Conservation shop. Two of the three options would require a third-party vendor to operate.
The subcommittee created an online form for both the full marina and restaurant/bar options and is asking interested third-party vendors to complete the forms. Each form contains less than ten light questions covering topics like how the submitter envisions the business operating, previous experience that positions the vendor well for this opportunity, and if a phased implementation is anticipated. The submitters’ identities will be kept confidential. The anonymous, aggregated data will be tabulated and shared with the BV County Conservation Board for consideration in their decision on what to do with the property.
“This is what people asked for, and now is the time to help. They can do that by sharing the forms on social media or through networking to encourage third-party vendors to complete the forms—in essence, getting vendors to raise their hands in interest. The third-party vendor doesn’t need to reside in our county, or even Iowa, for that matter. This is significant; it would be impossible for the board to decide to move forward on a decision regarding a marina or restaurant/bar without knowing there is a lot of third-party interest. A decision needs to be made soon.” comments Jennifer Felton, spokesperson for the committee.
More information can be found at the BV County Conservation Website click the button below.