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Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Updates

 

 

3 Items: received and posted 3/2, 3/3 and 3/12/2009

 

March 12, 2009

I wanted to give a brief update on the Lottery and a couple of other points for this springs.

bulletLottery:  An Update for those that have been following this program
 
bulletWe had 35 applications received by the deadline of February 25, 2009, 5:00PM at the Catawba State Park Office.  We have a total of 70 slips that were set aside for the seasonal dock lottery. 
 
bulletThe drawing was conducted at the Catawba State Park office on March 5, 2009, 6:00 PM.  34 docks were assigned through the seasonal dock lottery.  One of the 35 applications was a duplication, hence 34 docks were assigned out of the 35 applications received.
 
bulletKaren Beckman has been contacting those dock holders to work out the details.
 

Operational Changes:

It is with mixed feelings I share the following information.
Another wonderful opportunity awaits as I fondly reflect on one still being enjoyed.  I have been asked to accept the Regional Manager Position at Maumee Bay and Harrison Lake Region State Parks.  This is currently in the planning stages to take effect the beginning of April. 

When I was given the opportunity to become the regional manager of our Lake Erie Island State Parks 10 years ago it consisted of 3 parks, Catawba Island, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island.  The Marblehead Lighthouse was on the radar screen to be added and I was looking forward to the opportunity to work with the community to keep the lighthouse a shinning light in the community.  Then Middle Bass Island and North Bass Islands were added to our Ohio State Park system, making this one of great opportunity for the public, for our Ohio State Parks and our Lake Erie Shores & Islands travel & tourism partners.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the communities of Marblehead, Catawba, and the islands.  As the Regional Manager of our Lake Erie Island State Parks I can share it has been a demanding, but very rewarding experience.  Working with people to provide exceptional recreational opportunities within the balance of protecting & preserving our natural resources is a job worth having.  I encourage our communities to continue their support of our Ohio State Parks as we embark on developing these special places.  It is what we do today that will allow our children to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors tomorrow.  Thank you to all who have stepped up to involve themselves in this endeavor.  

Ina Brolis, Regional Park Manager of East Harbor will assume the regional responsibilities over Lake Erie Islands.  Karen Beckman, the Assistant Manager for Middle Bass Island, will continue with this project..  She has been working with this project since the beginning.  She can be reached at Catawba State Park, 419-797-4530. 

 

bulletSpring 2009 Construction Plans:

The current Miller Ferry schedule has boats running the beginning of April.  Our contractors are getting ready to begin the various projects as we have outlined. 
bulletConstruction on the Water Tower and lines will continue
 
bulletThe Electric infrastructure will be built out.
 
bulletNew Roadways will be further planned and temporary roads will be used.
 
bulletThere are to be some finishing touches to the marina basin, including 2 pipe piles and some rock in the channel to be cleared out.
 
bulletDocks are currently scheduled to be completed for public use the beginning of June. 
 

bulletSAFETY
bulletIn regards to the General Public Docks - We are asking your help again to help us communicate to the boaters that may be wanting to come to Middle Bass - We want to let everyone know even though a dock may be in the water they will not be available for use until they are certified by the contractors & engineers for pubic use. 
 
bulletContractors working on the docks this spring have asked we try to let boaters know they will have fingers in the hinge points and other areas that wave action in the marina would be a concern.  Excessive boat traffic could slow their progress.  Please don't encourage boat traffic into the marina while the docks are being finished "on-site".
 

Thank you,

Scott Doty
Regional Manager
Lake Erie Islands state Park

March 3, 2009

On March 2, a reader posted the following question:

If all 35 applicants are going to get a slip, how will the staggered lease expirations be handled? The logical thing would be for ODNR to give everyone 3, 4 or 5-year leases, since those who apply later can be given the shorter-term 1 and 2-year leases. This would also help the islanders who make up most of the current applicants by far.

ODNR's staggering requirements can be met best by giving the first applicants all the longer leases. But is this what they are going to do?

ODNR's response on March 3 is the following:

A percentage of the varying sizes of docks will be in the rotation every year.  This means that we always have some docks opening up in years ahead, of the various sizes.  We will fill the longest term docks of the requested sized docks first and as we draw additional applications we will fill the shorter term limits until all the lottery applications are awarded for the sizes requested.  I believe this is the same thing you are stating. 

 

March 2, 2009

I wanted to give a brief update on the Lottery and a couple of points on spring construction start-up.

bulletLottery:  An Update for those that have been following this program
 
bulletWe had 35 applications received by the deadline of February 25, 2009, 5:00PM at the Catawba State Park Office.  We have a total of 70 slips that were set aside for the seasonal dock lottery. 
 
bulletThe drawing will be conducted at the Catawba State Park office on March 5, 2009, 6:00 PM

 
bulletSpring 2009 Construction Plans:

It is hoped that by the end of March we will again be on the island with construction continuing.
bulletConstruction on the Water Tower and lines will continue
 
bulletThe Electric infrastructure will be built out.
 
bulletNew Roadways will be further planned and temporary roads will be used.
 
bulletThere are to be some finishing touches to the marina basin, including 2 pipe piles and some rock in the channel to be cleared out.
 
bulletDocks are currently scheduled to be completed for public use the beginning of June. 
 

bulletSAFETY
bulletIn regards to the General Public Docks - We are asking your help again to help us communicate to the boaters that may be wanting to come to Middle Bass - We want to let everyone know even though a dock may be in the water they will not be available for use until they are certified by the contractors & engineers for pubic use. 
 
bulletContractors working on the docks this early spring have asked we try to let boaters know they will have fingers in the hinge points and other areas that wave action in the marina would be a concern.  Excessive boat traffic could slow their progress.  Please don't encourage boat traffic into the marina while the docks are being finished "on-site".

 

Thank you,

Scott Doty
Regional Manager
Lake Erie Islands state Park

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