Suisun City

Council agrees to move kayak kiosk proposal forward

By From page A4 | July 03, 2013

SUISUN CITY — It took  more than an hour to decide it, but the Suisun City Council told staff Tuesday night to work with Sunset Kayaks owner Trish Abbatiello to see if she can put together a detailed, viable proposal to put a kiosk on the Suisun City waterfront from which to operate her business.

The council stated it wants to see more detailed plans for what Abbatiello wants to build than what was presented Tuesday night.

Vice Mayor Mike Hudson’s said he wanted to ensure that whatever goes up will be a high-quality kiosk that will reflect well on the city and that Abbatiello become a dues-paying member of the downtown business improvement district.

Abbatiello has been trying for years to get her small kayak rental business more visible to customers on Suisun City’s waterfront. She approached the city council repeatedly in the past, asking to set up a temporary kiosk near the city’s visitor’s dock.

Sunset Bay Kayaks operates from the visitor’s dock with the rental kayaks stored under the dock’s walkway. Suisun City collects 10 percent of Sunset Bay Kayak’s gross revenues.

This time, Abbatiello wants to build an eight-foot-diameter, octagonal waterfront kiosk at the end of Solano Street next to the Athenian Grill restaurant. She said it will allow her to provide locked storage for equipment, a location for her to stay while groups are out on the water, a place for information on other Suisun City businesses to be displayed and a possible location for other water-oriented businesses.

Three community members voiced their support for Abbatiello, pointing out that she has been running her business on the waterfront for 15 years and has brought people to the downtown Suisun City who would not have otherwise come there.

Mayor Pete Sanchez also supported Abbatiello, saying giving her more visibility with the kiosk will generate more business for other merchants on the waterfront.

If Abbatiello comes up with an acceptable detailed plan for her kiosk that meets city codes and gets approvals from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, it could be up and running by next spring.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • David RyanJuly 03, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Kudos to the council for signing on to the Lori Wilson's suggestion to place the ball in Ms. Abbatiello's court and the Mayor's plan. It is a fair shot for the business owner to go through steps other businesses have had to go through to get what she wants. At the very least, it's the best offer that's going to come down the pike. Given their public comments Tuesday, Mike Segala and Mike Hudson are skeptical, but correct about "doing it right". I'm hoping this business owner can change their skepticism.

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