Plans for a new concessionaire at the Bayside Marina who could possibly sell alcoholic beverages have met with opposition from the community.
The city’s Parks Department issued a Request for Proposals recently that is due for submission on Nov. 26. The RFP states that alcoholic beverages may be served with the appropriate state license. Drinks would only be served in the immediate area and would have to be consumed on the premises.
Booze plans for marina concerns Baysiders
Currently, only beer is sold at the marina’s snack bar. That concession has been run for 15 years by MDM Marina Corp., which is interested in keeping the business.
“Adding liquor there is an accident waiting to happen,” said Henry Euler, a member of Community Board 11’s Parks Committee.
Frank Skala, another C.B. 11 member, who attended a walk-through with Euler and people interested in gaining the concession last week, agreed. “Alcohol and boats don’t mix,” Skala said. “It’s not a good combination.”
C.B. 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld noted that although alcoholic beverages are mentioned in the RFP, the city has no intention of permitting liquor there. “I spoke to Alexander Han [of the Parks Department] and he understands the concerns,” she said.