says boaters will have docks
in Madison this summer
(February 2007) Madison Mayor Al Huntington
said he is thrilled that the city has negotiated a deal
for Gary Gillespie of Carrollton, Ky., to offer boat docking facilities
this summer for boaters arriving in Madison via the Ohio River. The
docks and a floating restaurant should be operational by the upcoming
boating season, pending review and permit approval by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
visiting Madison festivals last
year had to beach their craft on the
sand or mud of the Ohio River.
The Corps must grant Gillespie a permit before he can
install docks along the river in the same location where he once operated
The Wharf restaurant and docks.
When he was here before he did an excellent job, and people really
liked him, said Huntington.
The Wharf is beached along the Kentucky River at Gillespies home
in Carrollton. But Gillespie plans to bring in a different floating
restaurant that he has purchased and about 600 feet of boat docking
space, according to the mayor.
The new restaurant will be more casual than the Wharf, which the mayor
thought would blend well with the riverfront atmosphere. It will
be a different venue than the previous restaurant, but I think it will
be great for the riverfront, said Huntington.
Im also thrilled that we are getting docks on the river
this summer; that is one of the biggest complaints we received last
year, said Linda Lytle, executive director of the Madison Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She said many boaters want to visit Madison by boat and take part in
festivals or simply shop and eat in town. This has been one of
the mayors priorities ever since The Wharf left town, she
The city negotiated a one-year contract with another operator last year
to provide docking space only along the riverfront, but many boaters
wound up beaching their craft in the sand or mud, with no water or electric
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