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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