on the docks
officials make deal
on temporary boat docks
Napier team to offer
services for summer season
(July 2006) The city of Madison, Ind., reached
an agreement with local residents Gary McGinnis and Junior Napier to
build boat docks along the riverfront, just in time for this summers
festivals. The city has been without transient dock since owners of
The Wharf restaurant pulled anchor and sailed to Carrollton in the harsh
winter of 2005, taking with them the docks that they operated.
by Emily Ward
McGinnis and Junior Napier have
brought in temporary boat docks for
rent to boaters this summer.
The surprise move generated concerns by Madison city officials
over the loss of business from boaters arriving from Louisville and
Cincinnati. Many of these boaters shop the stores and eat in local restaurants
during their stay.
McGinnis became involved in the deal from his previous work on the riverfront.
McGinnis recently bought some docks and approached Madison Mayor Al
Huntington about a possible agreement to operate along the riverfront.
An agreement was reached between the two parties that will help the
city increase dock space for boaters and hopefully positively impact
the local economy. In June, the Madison City Council voted to approve
the agreement, the future of which will be determined how well things
go this season, Huntington said.
McGinnis said that recent news reports about the city leasing the property
to him for $1 were only partially true. Since boaters had already made
arrangements to dock elsewhere for this current season, Huntington agreed
to lease the property for $1 for this year only.
There are far more financial obligations involved than simply
$1, McGinnis said. He added that some boaters were complaining
to him about charging fees when he only had to pay $1 to lease the property.
Ive had to do lots of explaining about that $1.
Actually, there are several renewal options available to McGinnis, including
a five-year option with another plan for an additional five-year agreement.
All involve a series of financial requirements, with a portion of proceeds
going back to the city.
by Don Ward
arriving in Madison for
last years Madison Ribberfest had to
beach their crafts on the sandy
shore because there were no dock
services near the festival.
While currently there is 300 feet of docking space, McGinnis
said plans are being made to add about 1,200 more feet of docking space
next year if several deals can be worked out. McGinnis said that so
far, the dock rentals are doing much better, much faster
Last year, boaters arriving for Madison festivals were allowed to beach
their crafts on the riverbank. The situation is not ideal for boaters
because there is no water or electricity, plus debris along the riverbank
could cause damage to the bottom of their vessels.
The agreement with McGinnis comes after a failed attempt last year by
the city to reach agreement with two other parties, each of which put
forth proposals to operate boat docks.
This is important for Madison, especially for tourism, because
we have so many who come here by boat, Huntington said at the
City Council meeting. Im glad we finally got someone in
here to do this. Well just see how it goes this year and then
go from there.
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