OROVILLE — Forever Resorts will take over at Bidwell Canyon Marina on Dec. 1, although the details of the transition to a new operator haven't been worked out.

Darla Cook, public relations representative for Forever Resorts, said company executives signed a contract with California Department of State Parks and Recreation on Thursday afternoon.

However, the company is still in negotiations with Frank Moothart, the existing concessionaire, to buy his facilities and equipment.

Cook said the company anticipates negotiating with Moothart for the existing equipment, and the 850-900 boat moorage will remain in place, along with slips, docks, restaurant and other facilities.

"What we want to do is make this a positive thing for everyone involved," Cook said.

She said Bill Harper, from the Lime Saddle Marina, and a team will operate Bidwell Marina.

Forever Resorts now operates Lime Saddle, which they have made an environmentally clean marina, she said.

The company also plans to make improvements at Bidwell Marina, Cook said.

Moothart operated the marina for the last 40 years, but his contract ends at the end of November.

When State Parks denied Moothart's request for a 10-year extension and put the contract out to bid, a controversy between the state, boat owners and Moothart ensued.

Moothart sent notices to boat owners to remove their boats by Aug. 1. Moothart said he had to pull out his docks and equipment or the state would remove the equipment and charge him.


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With about 850 to 900 boats at the marina, many boat owners became involved on different sides.

Gradually, the boat owners came together to get State Parks to rescind language in the new contract that wouldn't allow boat owners to transfer mooring contracts if they sold their boats.

Boat owners were still concerned about the transition between operators during the last town hall meeting.

Neither Moothart nor State Parks officials were available to comment late Thursday afternoon when the Mercury-Register confirmed the contract had been signed.

Sheryl Watson, a communications officer for State Parks, said Forever Resorts has signed the contract. Now it has to be signed by general services and the state attorney general.

Watson said she hadn't seen the contract yet.

Since today is a furlough day for State Parks, no additional information will be available until Monday.

Staff writer Mary Weston can be reached at 533-3135 or mweston@orovillemr.com.