City Wants New Riverboat Operator in Old Sac

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 14, 2008

A year and a half ago, the city gave a company called Sacramento Yacht Charters 10 years of exclusive rights to operate riverboats, water taxis and amphibious trolleys in Old Sacramento.  But Barbara Bonebrake with the city’s Convention, Culture and Leisure Department says the yacht company has broken its promises.
Bonebrake: “Their revenues are down considerably from the prior operator – over 40 percent – and the basic service levels don’t meet the expectations of the contract.” 
Such as, Bonebrake says, regularly scheduled tours and replacing or renovating old boats.  She says Sacramento is losing revenue, and the community isn’t getting the service it deserves.
So on Tuesday, the city council will vote on whether to terminate two agreements with Sacramento Yacht Charters.  Bonebrake says the city could then start looking for a new operator.  A company official says Sacramento will face what he calls a “major lawsuit” if it cuts the contracts short.