South Haven released a 53-page Request for Proposal to solicit interested parties in negotiating a management contract for marinas.
SOUTH HAVEN — South Haven City Manager Kevin Anderson
has been authorized to seek proposals to operate the city’s four marina and boat
launches, according to an Oct. 9 article in the South Haven Tribune. The idea to
contract out for management of the marina was facilitated by the retirement of
the marina’s previous director. "Marina privatization is still a relatively rare
occurrence," said Michael LaFaive, senior managing editor of Michigan
Privatization Report, "but its popularity appears to be growing as strapped
governments look for ways to improve services and save money."
Several years ago the Westrec Corporation of Encino,
Calif., took over management of Chicago’s marinas. They also operate marinas in
Arizona, Florida, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, and the state of
Washington. Not all are being managed for units of government. Some are directly
owned by Westrec. The company also manages marina-related restaurants and
South Haven released a 53-page Request for Proposal
to solicit interested parties in negotiating a management contract for marinas.
The four marinas have over 200 boat slips plus accommodations for other boats.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has written
briefly on the subject of marina, dock and boat launch privatization in its
studies "Recommendations to Strengthen Civil Society and Balance Michigan’s
State Budget," and "Ecorse: The Fall and Rise of a Michigan City." Both are
available online at