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Concepts For Owensboro's Proposed Marina Project Faces Public Review

Concepts For Owensboro's Proposed Marina Project Faces Public Review
Boaters cruising the mighty Ohio in Owensboro might have a new place to dock. The city is looking to build a marina. It has five proposals under review. Tonight., the community offers feedback.

City administrators, boaters, and residents were all there, getting the first glimpse of what the marina could look like if the project goes through.

The city of Owensboro says it's been years in the making. Now, the pieces are finally falling together to possibly bring a marina to the river front. "This one is putting together culmination of all there desires to see it we get it right. Then our third meeting will be coming back with just hopefully one concept to present."

It's the second in a series of three public meetings. City Engineer, Joe Schepers, says tonight the public got the chance to see five possible concepts for the proposal.

"I was satisfied with the groundwork they have already made before they made this presentation," says Jack Simpson. He says he hopes to see the marina become a year round attraction. "If I were the city, I would consider a parking garage down there, and a restaurant with a theme," says Simpson.

"We've had very few skeptics that have come up on this," says Schepers. He says the city hired a consulting firm out of Lexington, Kentucky to help with the proposal. Schepers says English Park will be the likely location if the project goes through. "One, we own the property. We don't have to go out and do property acquisition, and go through that expense. We have the boat ramp already built there, and three it is already built really close to downtown," says Schepers.

The city says they continue to ask the public for their feedback. They hope to select a concept, then hire a financial consultant to step in to find the best way to fund the project. The city says it's a marina that should pay for itself.

If you want to voice your feedback on the marina proposal, the city asks you to go to Owensboro.org to view the five concepts online. The next public meeting will be in about a month.

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