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Marina open house rescheduled

Friday, February 14, 2014

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

An open house to show off the newly constructed Philpott Marina to the public has been rescheduled to Feb. 23 because of the snow, according to Roger Adams, director of the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department.

The event had been set for Feb. 16. It was rescheduled Friday.

“This is an open invitation for folks in the community to come out and see the marina now that it is virtually complete. It is a beautiful facility, and we are expecting a big turnout,” Adams said of the event from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

Snacks and other refreshments will be available, according to Adams, who said the event will be the first opportunity most people will have to see the new facility.

Those who have rented boat slips “can come out, and find their slip and see how everything works,” Adams said.

A few slips — seven of the 20 to be leased — remain vacant, he said Wednesday. The open house also will offer boat owners an opportunity to lease a slip if they are interested in doing so, he added.

However, on Wednesday, Adams said that due to interest in at least two of the remaining slips, only five might be available for rent by Sunday’s event. If anyone is interested in reserving a slip in advance, Adams said they should contact his office.

“Those who have boats but use the lake more on a daily basis and don’t want or need a slip can come and see where to tie their boat up” at the marina and familiarize themselves with the other amenities, he said.

Also on Sunday, visitors may tour the store that was built to serve lake and marina visitors. However, the store is not fully stocked yet, Adams said.

He does not anticipate rescheduling the event due to weather but if that becomes necessary, Adams said an announcement will be made late Saturday or early Sunday.

Because milder temperatures are forecast for the weekend, Adams said he hopes the marina will offer a taste of spring after a rough winter.

“After being inside during the snow,” many people will look for an opportunity to get out for a while, he said. “This will be a great way to spend the afternoon.”

“We think the open house is a great chance for people to see what the marina is,” County Administrator Tim Hall said. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” and about the impact it will have on tourism and economic development.

The open house “is just a good opportunity for people to come in and see the marina, see the amenities and see the possibilities,” Hall said.

For more information, call Adams at 634-4640 or visit


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