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38 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE Cape Gazette Family-run since 1966, facility overcomes Hurricane Sandy's blast By Chris Flood we also didn't think it was going to be fixed overnight." The hurricane made landfall With the completion of a 119- on the coast of New Jersey Oct. foot section of seawall on the 21, 2011, just north of the Cape west side of the E Dock at Pier Region, but the storm surge Point Marina in Dewey Beach caused by days of high winds just days away, marina co-owner wreaked havoc on the marina. Chuck McKinney is looking for- Chuck, whose family has ward to finally moving on, past owned the bayside marina on the damage caused by Hurricane Rodney Avenue since his parents Sandy. bought out a former partner in The damage was so bad, there 1966, remembers the day fol- were rumors around town that lowing the hurricane like it was the business was simply going to yesterday. close down, he said Oct. 28. His brother Ronald lives on the "We never thought about clos- second floor of a house on the ing," said Chuck, walking along north side of the property, and the property's northern D Dock when Chuck called him, he was on a perfect fall day. "There was told the marina was destroyed. never a plan to shut down. But "I live in Salisbury, and when I CHRIS FLOOD PHOTOS PIER POINT MARINA co-owner Chuck McKinney walks E Dock while the crew of Droney Marine works on replacing the 119-foot seawall along its north edge. got up here, sure enough it was," he said. Chuck said water was still half- way up the street and covering all the docks up to the very tops. When the water finally receded, he said, the marina had gone from 142 slips to seven. Pictures taken following the storm show how the storm surge uprooted nearly all of the properties' five docks. A floating jet-ski dock came off its piling and floated north to Monigle Park at the end of Read Avenue. By the following Memorial Day, Chuck said, the number of slips was back to 141, but the marina offered no electricity or water. The clientele has been very understanding about the situation, he said. The McKinney family has been the force behind the inarina's res- toration. Two sisters, Myra Karlik and Carla Rickards, work in the ship's store. Chuck, Ronald, and until his recent death, Eugene Illian have been hands-on for ev- ery project. Watching it all from the second-floor deck of their house just outside of the marina's Beachcombing, Bicycling, Birdwatching... Bay Crossing Picture yourself in a private enclave of prestigious homes designed with low-maintenance features specifically for adults 55 and better. Convenient to the beach, 0eautifu parks and historic Lewes Bay Crossing offers a full array of amenities to complement a truly active adult lifestyle: 5,000 sq. ft. clubhouse Tennis and bocce ball courts Walking/biking trail State-of-the-art fitness center and swimming pool Bay Crossing models start from $319.900 and offer exceptional floor plans that provide numerous possibilities to accomodate any lifestyle. Home designs feature first floor master suites, spacious kitchens with breakfast areas. basements and two-car garages. property, are parents Charles and Georgia McKinney. "I think they're proud to see their kids have rebuilt the ma- rina," said McKinney of his parents. The morning of the interview, Chuck and Ronald were helping a crew of three young men from Millville-based Droney Marine Construction set grade for the 6-inch-by-6-inch horizontal stringers that will be bolted to 16 pilings, each 25 feet tall, that had been pounded into place earlier in the day. Continued on page 44 LOCATION Route 1 Coastal Hwy.. to Bay Crossing Blvd. Bay Crossing isL1.6 miles south of Five Points and 1 mile north of Route 24. WELCOME CENTER Models open daily lOAM to 5PM Call (302) 645-2345 B ]M I-!OMV.s# www. BlenheimHomes. com