SCUGOG: After several years, Port Perry Marina operator John Mackey is close to receiving the long-term security from council he has been seeking for his business, through a new lease agreement with the Township.
Scugog’s waterfront revitalization committee recommended on Tuesday, June 16, that council offer him a one year extension on the current marina lease, and then to negotiate a new five-year deal with an option for another five years.
Mr. Mackey has run the marina for more than 30 years, and had addressed council the day before, seeking a ten-year extension on his lease. However, the decision was deferred until the committee made their recommendations.
One of the reasons he was searching for a long-term lease was to allow for financing for infrastructure upgrades.
“The problem that we have run into has been the shortness of the term,” Mr. Mackey said. “Even with the (protection clauses in the lease), I have been unable to obtain financing to pay for upgrades to the docks and related infrastructure.”
He also added that having a long-term deal would allow him to obtain a liquor license for the marina café. He told council that the marina would give the township ten per cent of the revenues if they are more than $2,000.
As well, Mr. Mackey said that he hopes to have the financial flexibility to enable him to hire more full-time employees.
“I have been fortunate enough during the short-term lease period to have a great group of young people. The fact that these young people only required seasonal jobs in order to put themselves through school has allowed the marina to grow an experienced employee base,” he said. “(Now that the students are moving on) I now find myself in the position of needing to hire for this experience.”