San Francisco Moves To Evict Stow Lake Boathouse Operator

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is taking legal action Wednesday to evict the operator of the Stow Lake boathouse.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The Stow Lake Corporation has been renting boats and selling snacks at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park for 65 years, but lost the contract during a competitive bidding process to Ortega Family Enterprises of New Mexico.

Sarah Ballard of the Rec and Park Department said that on Wednesday the city planned to file an unlawful detainer because the operator refused to leave over the weekend.

”We are at the end of the road, and unfortunately it’s par for the course with them, that they are going to make us fight on this front as well,” said Ballard.

The operator insists he hasn’t been given the legally required 30-day notice, but Rec and Parks said notice has been given – and then some.

The Stow Lake Corporation has also filed a lawsuit claiming the bidding process was corrupt. That claim was rejected, and it’s now on appeal.

Rec and Park hopes that filing for an eviction in court will settle the matter once and for all.

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