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Little River Marina deadline extended

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 1:02pm  |  Updated: February 3, 2012 - 1:05pm

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give businesses interested in Clarks Hill Lake’s former Little River Marina site more time to submit proposals after new questions were raised during a Jan. 17 site visit.

The questions ranged from who would be responsible if environmental issues were discovered during redevelopment to broader legal issues, such as the availability of additional federal lands near the site to accommodate larger campgrounds or expanded public services.

The proposals were to be due this week, but the deadline has been extended to 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

“The time extension will give interested parties additional time to formulate development plans and incorporate answers to the questions asked during the pre-proposal conference,” said Robert Jewell, the corps’ Management and Disposal Branch chief.

The marina, in Columbia County’s Leah community, was closed Dec. 27 after the corps opted not to renew the lease of Pam Bugg, whose family had operated the marina since 1986.

Improvements such as docks, boat storage, cabins and other amenities were left behind on the corps-owned property when the business closed and will be remodeled or demolished by the next owner, according to an initial notice of availability.

That notice has been expanded to include above-ground gas tanks and other changes.

At least 18 parties have expressed interest in the site.

Other marinas at the lake are Plum Branch Yacht Club, Rayesville, Tradewinds, Savannah Lakes Village and Soap Creek. All are on corps land leased to the marina operators.

Corps figures indicate Little River had the least number of visitors among leased marinas each year for the last five years. Little River’s 2011 visitation was 16,398, while similar figures ranged from 40,000 at Rayesville to more than 87,000 at Tradewinds.

Figures were not provided, however, for Savannah Lakes Village.

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