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Candlelight owner vying to run marina, RV park

CLINTON, Iowa – Sterling businessman Matt Prescott, owner of Candlelight Inn restaurants in Sterling, Rock Falls, Peoria and Clinton, soon also may be Clinton’s marina and RV park operator.

After Prescott presented a proposal to City Council members Tuesday, they agreed to have the city attorney negotiate his proposal to run the city-owned marina and RV park, Prescott said.

The proposal calls for the city to pay $120,000 a year for insurance, part-time wages and a marina manager. The contract term would be 5 years and the city would be able to terminate the contract if it isn’t satisfied with the service.

Prescott’s restaurant is on the second floor of the building that houses the marina. Having one person operate the entire building would improve service to marina customers, he said, adding that someone from his team is on site until 10 p.m. every day.

“If you have a problem anywhere on that facility, anyone can fix it for you,” he said. “It’s a big benefit to the consumer.”

If negotiations are successful, the council will vote on whether to accept his proposal.

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