L.A. County approves new lease for Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a short lease term to 2022, with two five-year extension options through March 31, 2032.

SANTA MONICA—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a lease allowing the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club to remain at their current location until at least 2022.

The Los County Board of Supervisors, at its Sept. 3 meeting, approved an amended and restated lease extending the lease term to March 31, 2022, and providing two five-year options to potentially extend the term to March 31, 2032. According to the terms, the two five-year options are contingent on county’s determination that continued occupancy of the premises by the lessee will not unreasonably interfere with any other county-approved use of the leased premises, for example, the contemplated enlargement of Burton Chace Park.

According to a board letter from County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors Director Gary Jones, the relative short duration of the lease extension and five-year options are less than ideal for the club and even less appealing to any other potential tenant. He went on to say, nevertheless, the short durations are required by the county in order to best plan the future development of the premises and surrounding area.

The terms amend the 2008 lease so the county will no longer be required to pursue a replacement facility for SMYC upon expiration or termination of the lease. It also clarifies the respective responsibilities of the county and lessee regarding maintenance and repairs of the premises. All improvements on the premises and all alterations shall be owned by the county, expect the boat hoist. The yacht club will be fully and solely responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, and/or replacement of the hoist. The lease also states the lessee shall not make any improvement, modification, installation, or other alteration of, on, or to the premises, or any utility or other system serving the premises, without the prior written consent of county.

According to the lease agreement, the annual minimum rent will be $25,500 and the minimum monthly rent will be $2,125. The rental income received by the county from the lease is deposited into a special trust fund to be used for the annual operation, repair, maintenance and replacement of the Anchorage 47 docks and premises.

The Small Craft Harbor Commission unanimously endorsed the proposed lease at its Sept. 12, 2018, meeting.

The yacht club has been operating out of a portion of Parcel 47 in Marina del Rey since 1985. The property includes the clubhouse, a portion of its parking lot and a thirty-two mast-up dry boat storage facility. SMYC also operates a youth sailing program that is open to the public.

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