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Michael Short photo Delaware is looking for a partner to share operation of the Indian River Marina. The 306-slip marina at Indian River In- let is badly in need of an upgrade to its bulkheads and other infrastructure. Delaware is asking for private partners to up- grade the marina, which was considered state-of-the-art when it was built in 1980. State eyes privatization of Indian River Marina By Michael Short Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation has wanted to bring the Indian River Marina up to par for years. Now, in an effort to return the 306-slip marina to its glory days, Delaware is trying to form a part- nership with the private sector to upgrade the marina. Mark Chura, state administrator of park planning, preservation and development, said the marina at Indian River Inlet is one of the biggest resources in the Delaware park system. It contains head and charter boats, fuel sales, seafood sales, a boat launching ramp and fish cleaning facilities. That makes it a major economic and recreational resource. But the resource has been in decline since it was launched as a state-of-the- m facility in 1980. The floating boat slips were ex- pected to have a 15-year lifespan, a lifespan which ended three years ago. The bulkheads need to be re- paired and bathrooms and parking facilities need to be expanded. Chura said the marina would like to develop a dry stack boat storage facility, which is considered much more environmentally friendly. The marina is also in the embar- rassing position of not meeting state marina regulations. That's because stormwater runoff han- dling is not up to the requirements of the 1990 regulations for mari- nas. Chura said adding dry stack storage facilities and improving stormwater runoff facilities should help the marina become more environmentally sound. "We want to make the repairs and bring it back to the state of the art," Chura said. To do that, Chura's division is looking for help from the private sector. The state is asking for sub- missions from private industry and several responses are expect- ed. The private sector could lease the marina (the state is looking for a minimum lease fee of $300,000 yearly) or could be a partner with the state which could continue to operate the marina as it has since 1980. Chura said the details have not been determined. He said the ma- rina grosses about $1 million an- nually, but that expenses eat up most of that income. Clinton Bunting is among those interested in the private sector. Bunting helped organize the group restoring the Indian River Coast Guard Station. Now, he has helped put together a group to op- erate the marina called the Delaware Seashore Management Company. Bunting has spoken to the Cen- ter for the Inland Bays and told the group that he would like to house the center at the marina. He also said a possible aquarium could be developed at the marina. "It is the Delaware Seashore Management Company's inten- tion to win the proposal and rede- velop the property into a first class marina and retail destination loca- tion," Bunting wrote in a letter to Bruce Richards, executive direc- tor of the Center for the Inland. Bays. "Included in our vision of utiliz- ing the highest and best value of the land and improvements will be a learning/museum center. We be- lieve there is a story to be told, both literally and physically, and we believe your organization would be a perfect fit." Dennnis Forney's Barefootin' column will return next week GAPE GAZETTE,-Friday, April 0 ,ffi, cAlnql 16t- 7 A GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Located Route One - Not in Rehoboth or Dewey Town Limits. Good cash flow. $330,000 Call Ron or Herb I l II NEW HOME IN MAPLEWOOD 123 Bryn Mawr Drive - Brand new custom built ranch home on a 75'x135' lot. 3 BR, 2 BA, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, with cathedral ceilings, vinyl siding, two car garage, many special and distin- guishing touches. Ready for occu- pancy April 10. Call for appointment. Only $125,000. KINGS CREEK - New home on sunny lot near all facilitieS. Screened porch, deck, garage, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, gas heat. Membership included. $289,000. WATERFRONT LOT RBYCC Large Comer Lot Fully Bulldaeaded Dock Permit in Hand $172,000 16 Hickman St. - 3W Top Floor 2BR Condo Heat & AJC Ocean View Deck $119,500 THE BEACH HOUSE - Oceanblock B&B - 15 Hickman Street. In-ground pool. I0 guest rooms 8 w/private baths, large own- er's quarters. 123 Breezewood Drive Four bvdroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot Two ear garage & studio $149,900 114 Coleman Ave. Lewes near Hospital 5 Year Round Apts. 100' X 125' Lot $299,900 5713 Delaware - Rehob. Three bedroom condo Second floor Recently redecorated $124,500 LEWES OFFICE 117 Savann Road 800.Z44-2501 REHOBOTH BEACH P.I:,/A4 "'--'---- 302227-4800 ,t'/ 800-955-6350 ", u ,,,=