During the February 18th City Council meeting, two public comments started a debate between the Concho Cruises business owners and a school teacher who sought to start his own boat business on Lake Nasworthy.
Concho Cruises business owners, Danny and Wayne Nickell, explained their worries to the council. "He was wanting to use our name and next to our location, and that's the only thing we wanted was for him to change his name and move his location." When Mack Fox, the school teacher by day and boat-lover by night, expressed his wanting to name his business Concho River Queens and to be docked right next to their business. The Nickell's weren't too fond of the idea.
With several business owners on the Council, they felt their frustration and agreed to have Fox change his business name and his prospected location. Both were done.
Tule Princess, which Mr. Fox says stems from the history of the lake, is the business' new name. In the meantime, he said the drama between the two businesses have gotten a little out of control. "I think it's been overplayed, just a little bit. I want to do business. It's the American way, it's free enterprise," Mack Fox said.
Both Danny and Wayne agree. They are willing to do business with Tule Princess.
"If we get less than ten people, we'll send them to him," Wayne Nickell said based on their dinner boat holding no less than ten people. And he said they welcome competition on the lake.
Along with the name, Mr. Fox changed his location from next door to Concho Cruises to down the lake a little ways to be placed behind the San Angelo Nature Center. He has a plan for the Nature Center and his steam boat to work hand-in-hand. "Young people activities could conclude their activities at the nature center and then come ride the steamboat."
Both businesses are very different in concepts, as one is educational and the other is luxurious, which probably leads to the waters finally being calm at Lake Nasworthy.
Mack Fox is hoping Tule Princess will be up and running by July.