Goodbye to the best job I ever had;and to the best marina operators
I have usually kept all the “what the hells” to myself and never was compelled enough to write an opinion in the Summit Daily.I have laughed as people spout their opinions on everything from dog poop, crow hangings with fish line and those who believe events that bring people to enjoy a small “tourist” town in the short term hurt their business. And I have read with eagerness the letters of support that were given for Osprey Adventures Inc. and the Baltiches, and trust me there are many more out there that were never published. It is hard for me to believe that as of Oct. 31, I as well as my co-workers will be losing our jobs at the marina. And it has been more than just a job for me, as well as I can believe for my co-workers, too.I was beginning my sixth year and it was a full-time, year-round management position for me, although it is hard for many to understand what happens at a marina in the winter. Well, I guess it is up to those who take it over to find out, as well as everything else that goes on day to day at the Frisco Bay Marina. I will say, however, that working with the Baltiches has been an experience, and I have enjoyed every moment of my job, even the last few months. Bernie is a true entrepreneur, and I have learned a lot from him through the years. I was there when he developed and sold a small marina, turned an old resort in Minnesota into something magnificent, and, of course, a marina operation in Frisco so good, that I am currently facing unemployment. Working for a family-owned business, especially the Baltiches is like no other. All the benefits and incentives that we received will be overlooked in any other corporation. I will miss traveling to attend boat and outdoor shows across the country – speaking and trying to sell Frisco and the marina to all those that would stop at my booth until my throat was raspy by the end of the day. I am sorry folks, even people in Denver have no idea where Frisco is. I find myself in utter disbelief the town that has lost sight of who spends money here, now plans to operate a marina. And while you may wonder where I am going with all of this, I guess my intent was to thank Bernie and Elizabeth for a great time, and probably the best job I will ever have. And secondly, I would like to thank the town of Frisco, the council members new and old, and the managers “heart-to-hearts” with the Baltiches, for I know I would not be here in this situation today without them.
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