Osprey Adventures: So long, Frisco Marina
FRISCO – Bernie and Elizabeth Baltich decided to call it quits Wednesday after 16 years of running the town-owned Frisco Bay Marina.The couple has rented boats, managed docks and provided other services at the Dillon Reservoir marina since 1988 under the name Osprey Adventures. Their contract expires Oct. 31.”This is a liberating moment,” Bernie Baltich said. “We can start putting our energy into our own private property. We’ve spun our wheels on (the Frisco Marina) for quite a while now, and it’s time to move forward.”Osprey has a second lakefront marina operation in Minnesota, where the Baltiches plan to move their Frisco inventory.”We don’t harbor any ill will toward the town of Frisco,” Elizabeth Baltich said. “We had 16 really interesting years. We just know it’s time to pass the torch to someone else.”
The Baltiches began negotiations with the town late last week to renew their concessionaire contract.”We covered a lot of ground in the two hours, and it was obvious we had some differences of opinion,” Elizabeth Baltich said.The Baltiches took issue with some proposed changes to the draft contract the town issued when it solicited bids for concessionaires several months ago. In particular, they objected to a proposed two-year contract period, which was scaled back from the five-year term described in the original bid request.”It’s such a capital- and labor-intensive business. It’s hard to recoup costs in just two years. We would not have bid on a proposal if it were just two years,” Elizabeth Baltich said.
Town manager Michael Penny, who took part in last week’s discussion with the Baltiches, declined to comment on the specifics of the negotiation talks.Prior to the meeting, the town had signed an agreement to negotiate confidentially and exclusively with the Baltiches for 30 days. The Baltiches never signed the agreement, but Penny said he felt obligated to refrain from discussing any details.”(The term of the contract) was a point of negotiation, so I have to say, ‘No comment,'” Penny said.Penny did say that the bid request “was proposed with a draft contract. And that’s exactly what it was – a draft for the purposes of negotiation. You never know what’s going to happen. It was labeled as a draft contract.” The Baltiches also disagreed with a proposed increase to their fees, which they have paid to the town as a percentage of gross sales. The couple said that Penny and Councilmember Dan Fallon suggested the increase to help pay for the town’s capital improvements at the lakefront park.
Penny declined to comment on the fee issue also, again citing the need to uphold the confidentiality agreement.The Baltiches plan to move Osprey entirely to the Minnesota location in the next 40 days, but Elizabeth Baltich will continue to run her insurance business out of Frisco. “We will be discussing this issue at the next council meeting to determine our next steps. Staff needs some direction from the council,” Penny said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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