Marina name awful

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Before Classic City Marinas spends three years and millions of dollars developing a marina in Leah, it might want to do research.

A group in 1987 called “Keep Our Lake Clarks Hill” had more than 72,000 names on a petition to keep the name Clarks Hill Lake as it had been for the previous 42 years. Although powerful U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond would have none of this nonsense, he moved to rename the lake over the objection of those Georgians and South Carolinians who signed the petition.

Fighting powerful Sen. Thurmond proved in vain, so Phil White, many local citizens and I shifted our focus. With the help of state Sen. Bill Jackson, the late state Sen. Jack Connell and other great legislators, a new law was passed stating that all non-federal Georgia road signs, maps, fishing licenses and other printed material shall retain the name Clarks Hill Lake.

Does Classic City Marinas think the 72,000-plus local petitioners think Thurmond Marina is a good name for this new marina? I don’t think so. Maybe some of those petitioners need to put some ink to paper and just let these developers know how we local folks feel!

Roy Giles


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deestafford 03/17/13 - 08:12 am
I totally agree

However, it maybe that the Corps has a say-so in the naming of the marina and since it goes by the "official" name given the lake by our "lord and masters" in DC.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/17/13 - 03:00 pm
New Name

Perhaps Dr. Ricardo Azziz is an investor in Classic City Marinas. If so, he'll tell executives to stick to their guns and don't let local popular opinion sway them from their name choice for the marina.

Gage Creed
Gage Creed 03/17/13 - 09:24 pm
I wonder is Azziz is

I wonder is Azziz is photoshopping some artwork for the promotion of the marina?

tom31510 03/18/13 - 12:30 pm
Classic City ?

Isn't Athens known as 'The Classic City'?

David Parker
David Parker 03/20/13 - 02:43 pm
Classic City Marinas is based

Classic City Marinas is based out of AThens from what I read in the google search. THey have several other marinas around the southeast that are not named Classic City Marina so I hope this means the Little River one will be a flagship for them. That location is idyllic and if the water stays up, it would be a great destination.

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