Marina meeting Monday

Published 9:41 pm Saturday, February 11, 2012

Discussions will continue Monday on building a new city marina at the boat ramps near Bloch Park and Memorial Stadium.

Selma Parks and Recreation director Elton Reece said representatives will meet with Selma Mayor George Evans Monday to discuss plans for a new facility.

The men who submitted the proposal, Gordon McLendon and David Pearce Jr., will discuss their ideas and how it will work with the city’s vision.

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“They’ll present their plan to the mayor as far as what they’ve got and what they’ll do,” he said. “It’s going to be a partnership.”

Proposals were submitted to the city in May.

The bond issue for the project is $100,000, but the city has indicated in the past other funds could be available if money is left over from the Bloch Park and Memorial Stadium projects.

There is no timetable for the project, however, in a previous interview Evans said he would like to see something done within the next year.

The plans will have to meet requirements by the Alabama Conservation Department and accommodate most of the needs for boaters.

The marina will have to be 12 feet off the ground because of the flood plain.

The city is hoping to place a restaurant on the top floor of the marina and a bait shop and meeting room for organizations and conventions on the bottom floor.

Most importantly, Reece said the city needs a marina in place to give people incentive to stop in, and visit Selma.

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