Morro Bay hires consultant to look into boatyard proposal

nwilson@thetribunenews.comMay 14, 2014 

Morro Bay

JAYSON MELLOM — jmellom@thetribunenews.com

The Morro Bay City Council unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday with San Luis Obispo-based Lisa Wise Consulting to look into the marketability of building a boatyard within the city’s limits.

Morro Bay has considered a full-scale boatyard, where boats could be stored and hauled out to the ocean, for years. The study will determine market demand and market opportunities before moving forward with a project.

The contract with the consultant, approved with a 5-0 council vote, is expected to cost $29,000, and the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization has agreed to fund half of the cost.

The scope of work will also include a project management timeline and relevant industry reports, publications and studies of existing boatyards, including one in Avila Beach, and their approaches to the industry.

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