A proposal to make Incline Village a stop on a new public ferry system at Lake Tahoe is drawing opposition from some residents who fear it would bring too many tourists.
Consultants pitched the idea at a meeting Wednesday of the
Incline Village General Improvement District board, saying the
ferry boats are designed to ease congestion on narrow mountain
roads around Lake Tahoe.
Congress last year approved $8 million for two high-speed
ferries to carry tourists across the 21-mile-long lake straddling
the California-Nevada border.
Some residents and IVGID board members spoke out against the
proposed ferry transit "triangle," which calls for stops at Tahoe
City, Calif., Incline Village and the south shore.
"My husband and I made a choice to retire here because we don't
have a lot of tourists," said Beverly Mapps, an IVGID board
member. "Some of us would like it to stay that way.
"When you land all these people on a beach, where are you going
to go? I just don't see there's a lot to do here," she added.
Other residents of the north shore community expressed concern
that IVGID would be giving up a public beach and parking lot for
nothing in return.
Plans call for the ferry boats to dock at IVGID-owned Hermit
Beach, which is located next to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
Consultants said the location is ideal because it is 200 feet
from a public bus stop and less than 100 feet from the Hyatt
They said the ferry system would reduce dependency on private
cars at Lake Tahoe and help solve transportation problems on
two-lane highways around it.
Plans call for the ferries to each haul up to 200 people, and
for docks and parking areas to be built for them.
Boats were once the most dependable way to transport people and
supplies around Lake Tahoe. The largest of the oldest vessels, the
SS Tahoe, plied the lake for 45 years after it was launched in
There now are no large boats to carry scores of tourists from
one end of the lake to the other in about the same time it takes to
drive a car - 45 minutes to an hour.