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Federal government nears Berryessa resort decision

A view of Lake Berryessa from the Chaparral Cove (formerly Putah Creek Resort).  (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

A view of Lake Berryessa from the Chaparral Cove (formerly Putah Creek Resort). (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

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FAIRFIELD — After months of deliberation, the federal Bureau of Reclamation could soon announce if Pensus Group will continue redeveloping and running six Lake Berryessa resorts.

The bureau has scheduled three meetings to report on the situation. Mid-Pacific Regional Director Donald Glaser will explain the basis for his upcoming decision, introduce the bureau’s Lake Berryessa staff and answer questions, an agency press release said.

“Reclamation understands the importance of this pending decision to local residents and businesses and to those who recreate at Lake Berryessa,” the press release said. “Mr. Glaser will also discuss plans for recreation services at Lake Berryessa during the 2013 season, over the next five years and in the long term.”

The meetings will be at:

  • 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10, Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road, Napa County.
  • 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11, Napa Valley College, Little Theatre, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa.
  • 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12, Winters Public Safety Facility, 700 Main St., Winters.

The Bureau of Reclamation is amid a multiple-year effort to renovate the seven resorts on public land on the shores of Lake Berryessa in Napa County. It chose Arizona-based Pensus Group in 2010 to run six of the resorts. But this spring, the bureau sent a letter to Pensus proposing to terminate the contract.

“The contract has been in place for a couple of years now,” Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Pete Lucero said in April. “The contractually agreed to schedule has not been met. We have been working with them to get them to meet those schedules. They’re not being as responsive as we would like them to be.”

Pensus in October released a statement saying the two parties could not reach an agreement after negotiations, but that it wanted to stay at Lake Berryessa.

“Pensus continues to firmly believe that the termination of its contract is in no one’s interest – not Pensus’, not Reclamation’s and certainly not the public’s,” the statement said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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