Marina’s future uncertain

Published 10:32 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SELMA — What happens to entertainment, food and drink at the City Marina depends on the fate of the $12 million bond issue, according to Elton Reece, executive director of the Department of Recreation.

Reece explained he’d like to see a permanent building owned by the city replace the one that burned nearly three weeks ago.

Improvements to the marina are included in the bond issue. Reece said he has drawn some sketches for a new building.

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Reece wants to see the city build something nice and rustic in keeping with the Alabama River area.

He said he wants the Marina to become a family location, which would attract local people and tourists.

The city would award concessions to the highest bidder.

Randy Williams, a local radio personality, said he and Gene Hisel wanted to work a proposal for the site. Williams wanted to know the procedure those interested in developing something at the Marina might go through.

Reece said he didn’t expect anything to happen with the site until after the vote on the bond issue.

“We’ll just have to wait until after the bond issue,” he said.