Tube Taxi gains annual contract

A popular tourism draw in Enderby will have access to public land but only on a year-to-year basis.

Council decided Monday to only provide an annual permit to Enderby Tube Taxi to use part of Belvidere Park although the business had sought a lease for five to 10 years.

“We like what’s happening there but we don’t want to get into a long-term situation,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

“Because we are renting out a portion of city property, we never know when we may need the property for something else.”

Tube Taxi transports people to strategic drop-off points along the Shuswap River so they can go tubing.

They will then be picked up at Tuey Park and taken back to Belvidere Park, where their vehicles are located.

Wejr believes the business has played a role in tourists coming to Enderby to tube down the river and that has had a direct benefit for the economy.

But more importantly, Wejr says the Tube Taxi shuttle means people have an easy way to get back to their vehicles and aren’t being stranded along the route.

“It helps with parking issues along the river and  locals use it because we don’t have to use our own vehicles. Parking is always at a premium.”