Norwich to notify marina owner of lease violations

Norwich — The City Council voted 6-0 late Monday night in favor of a resolution putting the Marina at American Wharf owner on notice that the city will find the group in default unless corrections are made.

The council went into executive session for 45 minutes before voting to give marina owner JCM Norwich Marina Acquisitions LLC, owned by Joyal Capital Management, 30 days to catch up on rent payments of $5,000 per year dating back to 2012 and 45 days to begin work on numerous improvements and to install new boater fuel tanks.

The time periods will start once the written notice is sent by City Manager John Salomone.

Attorney Glenn Carberry, representing the marina owner, declined to comment on boaters’ comments to the council citing deteriorated conditions, the lack of a marina restaurant, removal of fuel tanks and the removal of the festival tent on the marina grounds. Carberry presented aldermen with a packet of documents that dispute claims that the owner is in default of the lease conditions.

Old fuel tanks were removed properly when they reached the end of their 30-year lifespan, but city officials have asked that the owners replace the tanks, saying it was required as part of the lease. There is currently no gasoline available to boaters at the marina.

The marina was developed by American Wharf Development Corp., headed by the late Ronald Aliano, in 1988. After he died in 2009, his estate sold the marina to JCM in 2011, and the City Council approved transferring the 99-year lease of the city-owned waterfront land in October 2011.

c.bessette@theday.com

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