Marina to be finished soon

Published 10:12 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The new city marina is projected to be completed in two weeks, just in time for the Cabela King Kat Tournament. -- Ashley Johnson

Elton Reece, director for the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, said if you go by the City Marina in the afternoon on any given day there is a constant stream of people driving by, looking out of their windows and checking out the newly assembled marina.

“Oh they are ready for it; they are excited for it,” Reece said. “There is a steady stream of people… its almost like a ride, there are just so many people going by, just constantly going around it.”

He said the building is officially assembled and the two buildings that make up the marina are now attached. These buildings arrived last week and the power company has set up lines to run to the building and the gas company, Reece said, has run their line to the building’s kitchen area.

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The only things left on the City Marina’s to-do list is to furnish the building and bring in equipment.

“They are ready to finish the inside and they have got to bring in the kitchen equipment, the restaurant equipment, tables and chairs and all of that stuff,” Reece said. “They are putting the deck around the outside of it, but the building is up and in place.”

There is not an exact date according to when the project will be finished but Reece said he thinks it will be soon.

“I’m hoping in the next two weeks it will be close to opening up before the catfish tournament gets here,” he said.

The City Marina project broke ground in May after being partly funded by the city bond issue from October 2009, and voters later allocated $95,000 to the project.

At the May ground breaking, contractor for the marina, Gordon McLendon said the building would accommodate as many as 100 people, it would be a non-smoking facility and would also have a gas pump for boaters.