• Non-profit Marina Motorsports gets administrative permit

    An administrative use permit granted at an emergency meeting of the Marina City Council tonight gives a temporary extension of the longer term conditional use permit for Marina Motorsports, Inc. The administrative use permit allows the non-profit organization to continue to run their motor-related events at the Marina Airport.
    For 17 years, the organization, of which John Moulton, a Pacific Grove native, is a driving force, has held car shows, autocross events and swap meets aimed at supporting local non-profit groups. Boy Scout Troop 134, for example, testified at the City Council meeting that because they benefit from parking fees charged at the otherwise-free swap meets, they can afford to fund summer camps and other activities of the youth group.
    Running up against a stringent Federal Aviation Administration policy toward airport use was the main sticking point, and still the hurdle Marina Motorsports and Monterey Bay Karters, both face next week on Jan. 10 when the principals take up the question again, this time with the FAA. “They don’t care how much community support there is for the permit holder,” said Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado. “They want the activity to be aviation-related. They want to know that it’s compatible with airport uses.”
    Both groups lease tarmac space at the airport. Marina Motorsports pays some $500 per day. Each group is setting up their annual calendars and Marina Motorsports has already had to cancel two fund-raising events because of the uncertainty of the permit.
    On hand, besides Boy Scouts, were representatives from the SCCA, a Corvette owners’ club, and a Porsche owners’ club. They pointed out the economic advantages to the economy of Marina that come from hosting their events, a point which was not lost on city officials. Also mentioned at the podium and from the dais was the possibility of moving the motor sport events and activities to some other property within the city limits of Marina.
    Marina Motorsports, which participates in the Good Old Days parade and the Parade of Lights, sponsors TLC, The Little Car Show, annually in Pacific Grove. Among dozens of other Peninsula organizations which have benefited are the Pacific Grove Library, the Pacific Grove Recreation Department, Pacific Grove Kiwanis and Rotary, Gateway Center, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, and the Museum of Natural History. Donations, says Moulton, have topped $130,000 since he became treasurer.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 4, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News

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