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Town of Frisco to operate marina

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Iowa resident Ron Shirk, left, gets a hand from his father Tuesday afternoon loading up the engine off his 23-foot sloop after running the gasoline lines dry at the Frisco Bay Marina. Shirk, who has been coming up to Summit County since 1973 and is a second homeowner in Keystone, said he is going to be sorry to see the Baltiches leaving Frisco. "We have a boat on the Des Moines River in Iowa, out of Saylorville, and that sometimes goes up or down 60-feet, so we know how hard it is to run this kind of operation," said Ron, who has a keen interest in Colorado with three children living on the Front Range.
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FRISCO – The Town of Frisco will soon be in the marina business.Osprey Adventures owners Bernie and Elizabeth Baltich decided last week to bid adieu to the marina after running the operation for 16 years. The company which rents boats, manages docks and provides other services at the Dillon Reservoir marina will see its contract expire on Oct. 31.Instead of seeking a new concessionaire to fill the Baltiches’ shoes, the Frisco Town Council this week opted to take over the operation itself.

“We’re going to be working on an operations plan during the next two to three weeks, looking at a variety of business models,” said Frisco town manager Michael Penny. “We’ll look at the Dillon plan as an example, but our plan may not look like that.”The town of Dillon manages and runs the Dillon Marina, with the exception of the Tiki Bar restaurant and bar.Penny said one possible model would involve the town acting as a contract manager, divvying up all pieces of the operation to separate contractors.Town staff will also focus on the short-term logistics of the transition.

“The town is committed to a seamless transition. We’re going to do outreach to Osprey customers to let them know we’re not going to drop the ball and that services won’t be interrupted,” Penny said.Penny encouraged Osprey customers to contact the town with any marina-related issues.Osprey will provide slip and mooring services until Oct. 31, but the boat rental season ends today. A crane will remove about 20 of the largest boats from the water today.



“Some years, we’ve gone until mid-October, but with the water being low, we decided to end the rentals,” Bernie Baltich said. “We’re pulling the fleet out right now.”The Baltiches plan to move their entire Frisco operation to their other marina in Minnesota. Some of Osprey’s Summit County employees are considering moving with the company, according to Bernie.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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