Dillon, Denver Water discuss vendors at marina
Mobile vendors at the Dillon Marina could become a common sight as early as next summer if agreements can be reached by Dillon Town Council, Denver Water and local business organizations.
Although the idea to enhance the marina experience through mobile vendors has been floated in the past, Dillon town manager Joe Wray said Thursday this is the first time the concept garnered serious attention from town council members and local organizations.
However, because the marina sits on Denver Water property, town officials needed to first determine if the terms of their lease would permit vendors at Dillon Reservoir.
“Having a strong partnership with Denver Water is (paramount) because (Dillon Reservoir) is a water source for Denver, but it’s also a recreation area for the community and visitors,” Wray said.
After reviewing their lease with Denver Water, and discovering mobile vendors were among prohibited uses of the marina, town of Dillon Mayor Ron Holland requested in May to have the restriction reviewed.
In a response letter Denver Water commissioners said they would be open to allowing vendors at the marina if town officials would address how it planned to minimize litter generated by the carts from entering the water system.
With one piece of the puzzle seemingly in place, Dillon town officials set their sights on beginning the next phase of the project.
But during a pre-town council meeting workshop last week, Bill Falcone, president of the Dillon Business Association, said the business community wanted an opportunity to properly vet the idea.
Following a lengthy discussion, Falcone said the DBA Board was unable to come up with an official position about mobile vendors at the marina and requested time to conduct a survey of its membership.
In addition to the DBA member survey, feasibility studies also are being performed by the Dillon Economic Development Advisory Council and the Dillon Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Wray said.
Wray hopes all of the data will be collected by the end of summer to provide council time to draft rules and regulations during the winter, if the project receives widespread support from the community.
“If the project is a go we want to have plenty of time to draft ordinances, which means there could be mobile vendors at the marina as early as next summer,” Wray said.
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