In Nassau, Yamali back as county concessionaire

In Nassau County, lawmakers voted to bring back Butch Yamali to run concessions at area parks and beaches, including Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach.

On Wednesday the Republican-led Rules Committee of the Nassau Legislature voted 4-3, approving a 10-year concessions contract with Dover Gourmet Corp, which is headed by Yamali.

Dover is to pay the county 10% of “gross fees charged” and an annual flat fee, Newsday reported. In addition, Dover must fund $2.95 million for capital improvements at Nickerson, as well as invest in improvements at other county parks, according to Newsday.

Under Nassau’s previous administration, led by Laura Curran, a Democrat,  Dover’s contract had been terminated because of alleged unpaid bills, claims that Yamali said were false, prompting him to sue the county.  On Wednesday, lawmakers approved a settlement with Yamali, according to Newsday.

Dover also runs a number of restaurants and catering facilities, including Peter’s Clam Bar, The Milleridge Inn and Coral House.

In an effort to make the bidding competitive, the country this year called for proposals for the contract after a report from the county’s Office of Inspector General said that a “proposed settlement…may erode public confidence.” Dover was among three vendors that had bid for the contract this year, and Newsday reported that county officials said Dover “scored higher” than the other potential contractors.