New operator chosen for former Little River Marina site at Thurmond Lake

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:20 PM
Last updated 5:07 PM
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Classic City Marinas of Athens, Ga., will be offered a long-term lease for the Thurmond Lake site formerly known as Little River Marina, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The company was one of three applicants that responded to the Notice of Availability to lease the marina site issued on Jan. 3 after corps officials opted not to renew the lease of the former operator, Pam Bugg.

The criteria used by a selection team that evaluated the proposals included diversity of marina facilities/development plan, experience and background, financial capability, and a series of credit and background checks.

“Classic City Marinas’ application presented the greatest focus on modernizing and developing the marina business, the fastest implementation of key features, a substantial investment in facilities, and the most comprehensive and acceptable future development plan,” said Robert Jewell, the chief of the management and disposal branch, Corps of Engineers Real Estate Division.

The planned facilities include docks and mooring facilities, increased parking for day visitors with large boat trailer parking stalls, a modern dry storage facility with launching and recovery system for dry storage boats, and above-ground fuel storage and dispensing systems.

The corps intends to have the lease completed by April 15.

Other commercial marinas at the lake are Plum Branch Yacht Club, Raysville, Tradewinds, Savannah Lakes Village and Soap Creek. All are on corps land leased to the marina operators.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 06:06 pm
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Wonder if the new owner will

Wonder if the new owner will experience the same problem Pam faced with no water to float the docks?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/12 - 08:18 pm
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Yep, bad lake on which to

Yep, bad lake on which to invest a lot of money in a marina. Between droughts and the Corps running the lake levels down to where the docks won't float, the boat ramps are out of the water, and ruining the fishing every spring, I wouldn't put a dime into a marina at Thurmond.

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debbiep38 03/07/12 - 10:16 pm
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dichotomy, a big AMEN.

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dichotomy, a big AMEN.

southern2
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southern2 03/07/12 - 10:44 pm
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The lake has only been at

The lake has only been at full pool (330') for 49 days in the last 6 years. Not much bang for the buck.

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David Parker 03/09/12 - 11:23 am
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scrap the title marina and

scrap the title marina and substitute it with mud shoal. Whether it's the climate/drought or the Corp that is the causation, it is a shallow area. The new operators are going to need cooperation from the Corp so the aesthetics of that site are not emphasizing the deficient lake level. It's a perfect-storm with the highest usage occurring when water resources are at the lowest. If a long term plan could be implemented to dredge or a policy that would ensure the levels stay up, the location isn't too shabby. It could work.

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Rousseau 03/10/12 - 09:57 am
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This is probably not the

This is probably not the right forum, but how can we petition the Corp to keep the lake at a safe level (325 or better)? It seems that doing that would provie the CSRA a huge economic impact with more people involved in the great recreational facilities the Corp has provided on this lake.

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