Three formal proposals were submitted Tuesday from prospective operators of the former Little River Marina site at Thurmond Lake.
The Army Corps of Engineers closed the site in December after deciding not to renew the lease of the previous owner. About 18 parties later responded to a notice of availability issued in January.
After a series of site visits and meetings, however, just three written proposals were submitted by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline, said corps spokesman Billy Birdwell, who would not identify the applicants.
“Much of the information submitted is personal or business type information and as such is not releasable to the general public,” he said.
The marina, in Columbia County’s Leah community, will likely require improvements to the site’s docks, boat storage, cabins and other amenities once a new operator has been identified, he said.
The proposals will be evaluated next week by a team from the corps’ Savannah District and the most responsive bidder could be notified in late March, with a new lease being in place as early as May. The business would not reopen until needed renovations are completed, however.
Other commercial marinas at the lake are Plum Branch Yacht Club, Rayesville, Tradewinds, Savannah Lakes Village and Soap Creek. All are on corps land leased to the marina operators.