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O’Neil’s Marina seeks 10-year lease extension with St. Pete

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There’s not a whole lot coming up at St. Pete City Council this Thursday. Council members will vote on just two items including a new 10-year lease for O’Neil’s Marina to continue operating on city-owned waterfront land.

O’Neil’s has been operating a marina in South St. Pete next to Maximo Park since 1954. The business has been renewing its lease every five years, but is now asking for a longer lease to warrant needed improvements.

Under the new deal, O’Neil’s would pay a minimum $7,500 rent. They would also have to fork over 10 percent of most revenues for the first five years of the lease and then 15 percent of certain revenues, excluding retail sales, during the second half of the term. O’Neil’s will also continue providing a boat slip for the St. Pete Fire and Rescue’s rescue vessel.

Under the agreement O’Neil’s is required to make several improvements to the property. That includes dredging of the inlet channel and marina basin to make it more usable, replacing the sea wall on the south side of the marina, improvements to the parking area, a new roof on portions of the center dock and other miscellaneous continued repairs on existing structures.

The total of improvements required is $625,000 over the first six years of the contract.

The only other item on the agenda is an agreement to extend licensed use of a concession stand at Bartlett Park for a youth football organization.

This week’s meeting is at 8 a.m. at City Hall in Council chambers. It’s also broadcast on St. Pete TV. But be careful, blink and you might miss this one.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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