A source very close to Patch fishing columnist Phil Friedman says that an official meeting took place Thursday that buys several months time for Long Beach Sportfishing and the Berth 55 small businesses.
The future of the Berth 55 fish market, cafe and other commercial and passenger charter boats who work off the waterfront near the future Middle Harbor construction project remains unclear beyond 2013. And the source said it was not certain how long in 2013 before the businesses might be evicted.
The long-term future, sources said, is still in doubt. Port of Long Beach officials could not immediately be reached after hours.
Berth 55 is the tenant who subleases to about a dozen small o-perators on the waterfront. The Berth 55 tenant is a family that has run their operation for 40-plus years.
It is undisputed that they were given an eviction notice previously that would have the businesses forced to move--that is, Long Beach Sportfishing and the Berth 55 seafood market--on October 30. If an extension is granted, that would give both the aforementioned entities as well as several other Berth 55 small businesses time to continue talks.
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