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Stow Lake Operator Ordered To Vacate Premises

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The current operator of the Stow Lake boathouse in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has been told to get out by the end of the month by the Recreation and Park Department.

The battle has been brewing over the boathouse with charges along the way of corruption and undue influence.

KCBS' Barbara Taylor Reports:

Sarah Ballard with the Recreation and Park Department said that the court has refused to issue an injunction and the longtime operator, Bruce McClellan, has been told to leave by May 31.

"I think the judge's ruling speaks for itself. The court essentially said that there was no merit to the claim," she said.

The new vendor, Ortega Family Enterprises of New Mexico, plans to improve the food offerings and also, bring in a new fleet of boats.

"It will be closed for about two weeks for spring cleaning, painting and some minimal upgrades," said Ballard.

McClellan's lawyer said it's unreasonable to expect someone who has run the boathouse for 65 years to completely pick up and clear out in a few days.

The Ortega Family Enterprises' bid to become the boathouse's new vendor was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in February.

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