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Philpott marina construction is on track for Dec. opening
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Philpott marina is on track for opening in early December. A walkway has been installed, utilities are being run to the 40 wetslips that recently were floated into place near the end of the cove where the marina is being constructed. (AP)

Monday, November 18, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Barring inclement weather, the new marina at Philpott Lake is on target for an early December unveiling, and its wetslips are filling up.

Jeff Turton, project manager of the marina, said a walkway has been installed and workers are busy running utilities out to the 40 wetslips that will be rented to patrons. The slips recently were floated into place near the end of the cove where the marina is being constructed, he said.

“Right now, the pieces — called fingers — that will separate the boat slips are being built,” and decking is being put on them at a factory in Henderson, N.C., Turton said. Once that is completed, those pieces will be floated out and installed between the wetslips, he added.

Turton said he expects the fingers to be installed within the next two weeks.

The marina’s store is about 75 percent complete, and the “fuel piping has been installed from the tank all the way to where the dispenser is going to sit on the dock. The conduit and control wiring is what they are working on installing now,” he said. The fuel tank is on land near the restrooms, he added.

“There are a whole lot of people coming over to check it out,” Turton said. “At least 20 cars and pickups a day drive down to look and turn around.”

Contracts for the $1.35 million project — which is being funded by Henry County, the Harvest Foundation and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. — were awarded in the spring.

“It’s exciting to see the progress. It’s exciting to see tangible evidence of the project moving along,” said Henry County Administrator Tim Hall. “I think we are all looking forward to having it complete and having citizens using it.”

Roger Adams, the county’s director of parks and recreation, said 27 of the wetslips have been rented so far. Some renters live locally while others out of the area and some are out of state, he said.

So far, a Pennsylvania renter has the distinction of being the farthest away, Adams said.

“Maybe that person is someone who has family here. I’m not real sure exactly” why that person wants to rent a slip, Adams said. But, he said, regardless of where it comes from, “we are getting a good response.”

A second round of rental agreements/applications has been mailed to the next set of names on a waiting list of those who had expressed an interest in renting a slip, he said. Those applications are due back to the county by Dec. 5, Adams said.

“Then, if there are any (wetslip) spaces left, we will mail out more rental agreements/applications” to the next set of names on the waiting list, he said.

“We are mailing out the applications and getting them back quickly, and we expect they will be sold out, or close to it, when we open” the marina, Adams said. “With all the excitement and enthusiasm, it’s kind of as we expected, and we expected the reservations for the boat slips to come in pretty quickly.”

Overall, “there’s been a lot of excitement and people have really been looking forward to the marina coming,” Adams said. “At this point, we are really looking forward to getting it finished, opening it up and having a great facility for our residents and visitors.”


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