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Resorts to be born anew Lake Berryessa?
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Napa County has found nine potential bidders interested in transforming and running Lake Berryessa resorts that could have such features as camp sites, hotels, restaurants, glamping sites and marinas.

The county is keeping their identities secret for now. Deputy County Executive Officer Molly Rattigan said proposals came from local businesses and from operators with national experience.

“They are promising proposals,” she said on Friday.

Napa County is weighing whether to spearhead the Lake Berryessa resort redevelopment effort. Over the past decade, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to redevelop five of the seven resorts on federal land and wants the county’s help.

As an initial step, the county circulated a brochure among the resort development community to see if anyone is interested in Lake Berryessa. Proposals were due last Wednesday. Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said he likes the response.

“It’s another benchmark we’ve met with exciting news,” Pedroza said on Friday. “We have work ahead of us.”

The next step is for the county and Bureau of Reclamation to reach an agreement that would cement their redevelopment partnership. Rattigan said a proposed agreement could come before the county Board of Supervisors this spring.

If all goes as planned, the county would then ask the nine potential bidders to submit official bids. The Board of Supervisors could choose resort operators by year’s end.

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