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Statement regarding RFP for restaurant at the Oak Island Pier
As there is a pending lawsuit with the current pier operator/lease holder, the Town Attorney has advised us to refrain from commenting about the Pier Lease other than to issue the following:
- North Carolina law forbids leasing municipal property for a period of 10 or more years without treating the property in the same manner as if the Town was going to sell the property; selling municipal property requires adherence to certain statutory mandates such as advertising and an upset bid procedures.
- The current lease was approved in 2009 for the Pier property which included the restaurant.
- The lease included two extension options and the tenant exercised both of those extensions so as to keep the lease to a maximum of less than 10 years. There are no additional extension options, and the lease for the Pier and the restaurant expires March 31, 2018.
- The Town is not seeking proposals for Pier operations at this time as the Pier is currently being demolished and will be rebuilt.
- The Town has issued a Request for Proposals for operating the restaurant, as a restaurant can be operated while the Pier is under construction. There is not a lease with the current restaurant operator, as the lease which is expiring is for the Pier, and the restaurant.
- When a municipality seeks services, it is required in most instances to advertise for proposals; municipalities may also request proposals for services such as these; and
- The Town encourages anyone with an interest in operating the restaurant to submit a proposal.