To The Daily Sun,
There should not be any question, as to whom, should buy the Lakeport Landing property off Union Avenue.
Blizzard bought this property from the Heberts and turned it into a showcase of how a marina can be operated. Hundreds of vacation-minded people found this facility for summer enjoyment, but also found winter activities, which led to many, not only renting lodgings and or buying homes. Continue your thinking as to the new income to this area.
Normally, these people would have continued up Interstate 93, not knowing of the many attractions in the Laconia area. Blizzard put this place on the map. Now, year-round groups visit, restaurants, local food and clothing stores, Funspot and Gunstock Ski Area. Plus touring Meredith, Wolfeboro and towns surrounding the lake. This also represents a tremendous amounts of taxes that were paid to towns and to the state of New Hampshire by the aforesaid mentioned.
Blizzard invested untold sums, for the beautification of this property. He also paid for and built the new railroad drawbridge that now allows larger and safer type boats to enter the Big Lake. It also allowed new business facilities to grow in this 15 square mile area. More tax income.
For someone to come in and buy an established and proven business, knowing it is successful, is like opening Lakeport Marina's books and saying, "Have at it." Blood, sweat and tears built this marina. A new lease or sales price for Erica Blizzard to purchase this property should be adjusted far below any bid from competing marina or other business. It will mean an undisturbed, continuous, successful enterprise. A takeover by a competing marina, will cause turmoil to present boat owners, workers, that have earned a living for the past 35-plus years.
Any other business, will have to raze and rebuild, thus putting this area out of productive use, for two or more years. This will negatively affect Lakeport and its area business interests. Cool heads should prevail. Forget personal bickering, greed. Do not lose a well managed facility, with little or no problems, that maybe found in a new enterprise.
Ormond Beach, Fla.
- Category: Letters
- Hits: 276