Catalina Island News

City of Avalon soliciting proposals for exclusive shore boat franchise

2016-03-23
City of Avalon

The City of Avalon (CITY) is soliciting proposals from interested parties to provide shore boat services in CITY waters. The successful bidder will be provided an exclusive shore boat franchise for operation in CITY waters.

The prospective bidder would need to provide certified passenger carrying vessels and the summer float infrastructure needed to operate from the end of the Pier. A prospective bidder would also need to adhere to the State of California PUC code provisions applicable to certificate of public convenience and necessity regarding water taxis.

The successful bidder will be required to pay to the CITY, for the right to operate the shore boat services, a harbor use fee of 7% of the successful bidder’s gross revenue generated from such operations.

The CITY is requesting proposals that will provide for shore boat services for the following term:

  • Initial five (5) year term, including exclusive franchise;
  • First option to extend the term, including exclusive franchise, for an additional five (5) years, to be exercised in the discretion of the successful bidder;
  • Second option to extend the term, including exclusive franchise, for an additional five (5) years to be exercised in the discretion of either party.

Proposal documents may be obtained at the Avalon City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Rd., Avalon CA 90704.

Download a copy of the RFP

The deadline for submitting proposals is 3:00pm Friday, April 15, 2016.

Please direct all comments or questions to Brian Bray, Harbor Master, City of Avalon Harbor Department, PO Box 1085, Avalon, CA 90704 (310) 510-0535, brianbray@cityofavalon.com.

RFP Release Date: Friday, March 18, 2016