Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In a letter sent to the Port of Hood River Monday, Naito Development informed the Port commission it was at an impasse with Friends of the Hood River Waterfront and intended to submit a revised plan to put a recreational cable park into the Nichols boat basin.
The Port had suspended work on the cable park issue for several weeks while the Naitos and Friends of the Waterfront were supposed to be discussing a settlement and moving forward on a plan which would use urban renewal funds to build an esplanade around the basin, keep it open to the public and conduct substantial habitat improvements.
The two sides are slated to speak to the Port Commission tonight at 5 p.m.
"We are dropping our requirement for exclusive use of the basin and the use of a buoy line that would restrict public access to the south end of the boat basin. We have been working with our insurance company and they will provide liability insurance for the cable park without a buoy line," the Naitos wrote. "By eliminating the buoy line and not otherwise restricting public access to the basin, any allegations that the cable park would violate the public use or public trust doctrines are moot."
Other proposed changes by the Naitos include requesting a concession permit instead of a lease, and giving the Port sole discretion at the end of five years as to whether the cable park should continue or not.
Brent Foster, attorney for Friends of the Waterfront, said the Friends remain "open to legal settlement discussions" with the Naitos.
This story is developing.