Timaru District Council call for proposals for new cafe at Caroline Bay
A move to encourage a potential new cafe to be built and operated on Caroline Bay has been welcomed by residents, who say it's "about time".
The Timaru District Council is seeking proposals outlining the development and operation of a new cafe on the bay, with new contract documents outlining guidelines and details for potential site operators.
Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans said a new cafe would benefit people and visitors and enhance the area.
"It has the potential to become a destination that will add vibrancy to Caroline Bay," he said.
The idea had its "genesis" in a number of ways, from submissions to council plans to suggestions from prospective operators and elected members.
About five people had expressed an interest in the past four years about potentially operating on the bay, he said.
Four contract documents had been accessed via the council website on Thursday afternoon.
The selection process was expected to take up to three months, depending on what was involved.
Guidelines suggested the building be constructed as a moveable structure, the design, materials and colour schemes be compatible with the bay's settings, and it should not disturb the roped off sand dune beach area.
It should have indoor and outdoor seating and the landscaping should blend in with the environment.
The cafe operator would also be able to hire out recreational or beach equipment.
Location choices included the area facing the volleyball courts, the grassed area extending from Marine Parade past the circumference of Port Loop Rd, and an area between the beach and the mini golf facility.
Alice Szymanczuk, who has lived in Timaru for 34 years, was happy to hear the council was encouraging a new cafe because it was "definitely needed".
She did not think the area close to the volleyball courts was a good idea because of noise at the port, but towards the trees near the Port Loop Rd was a good spot.
"I am supportive. The perfect idea."
Jodie Gregory was pleased the council had made the decision to allow an operation on the bay. "It's about time they did it."
"It's a waste of a beautiful area."
The closing date for applications was at lunchtime on July 14.