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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Business News at Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Committee of Whole discusses bar operators, business leases.

There was plenty of talk about the main end of Wasaga Beach at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting.

After councillors discussed the main beach bars behind closed doors, the committee is recommending that full council approve Recreation Leisure Services Ltd. as the new operator of the Copa Cabana.

During the discussion in the public portion of the meeting, Deputy Mayor Nina Bifolchi made follow up comments based on statements made at the last council meeting on January 26th.

She said at the time that she felt staff was withholding information on the process to find an operator.

The Director of Economic Development and Tourism has now stated in a report that the accusation is unfounded.

On Tuesday, Bifolchi said she stands by her original opinion and that she has been advised to say nothing more on the matter.

Finding an operator for the Dardanella was also discussed at this meeting and the committee is stressing its view that the best operator should be hired even if they don't get the highest score during the Request for Proposals process.

The RFP process was just re-issued for the Dard last Thursday.

And the committee was given an update by the Treasurer on the financial picture to do with the main end buildings the town purchased.

The revenue last year was $558,000 and total expenditures for repairs, taxes, etc. were almost $960,000. 

And the amount to be funded through reserves is almost $366,000 less than the projected amount.

Councillors were also told that two tenants are delinquent in paying their rent and they are going to collections.

The committee has approved a lease for 2016 for Tim Horton's at the main beach.

And the committee has decided to recommend that full council lease the former Dairy Queen building to the owner of Catch 22. He wants to open an upscale burger bar restaurant there this summer and plans to spend around $60,000 to fix up the building.

The Committee of the Whole has agreed on a $16,000 lease plus taxes and utilities.

That is lower than the $18,000 the business across the street pays.

And the Wacky Boat Regatta is being moved to June 19th at the main beach to coincide with Kite Fest.



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