The City of Brockville is preparing to take over operations from Ernie Fox Quay downtown.
It’s a move the former trader isn’t happy with.
“It is part of the critical mass of piers, nearly 100 piers, that make up the marina that is operated by full marine services at Tall Ships Landing,” said Simon Fuller, principal owner of the Tall Ships Landing condo development next to the pier.
“It’s a bit like taking 40 percent of the business and then trying to find a way to keep a full-service marina with what’s left.”
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The lease for the pier operations was canceled earlier this year with the intention of the city taking over operations in 2022. But Fuller says the city does not have adequate facilities to accommodate boater traffic.
“If they have to build separate toilets, showers and laundry facilities to service these 37 ships, it would be an additional burden on the revenue of those ships to try to pay for that, which is just not possible,” Fuller said. “So we don’t understand the synergies to do that.”
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Brockville city officials were not available for comment, but in a report to the council, operations manager Phil Wood said. “The repurchased Ernie Fox Quay docks would operate as a combination of seasonal and transient berthing options with the intent of providing the most uninterrupted service possible to those currently using those docks.”
As for Fuller, he fears that if the city goes ahead with this plan, his business could take a financial hit.
“Do we continue to manage a hotel or do we convert those suites into apartments? If we don’t have the personnel covered by a fixed number of moorings, we cannot operate on transient boats, ”Fuller said.
“We don’t have the means to reinvest in full-service facilities, like pumping and fuel.”
While the city does not plan to build new facilities at the marina next summer, the report says investment in the area could be considered in the future.
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