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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 19 Indian River Marina revisions V .... * win praise at public hearing .......... .......... By Michael Short lack of security has resulted in jhe Are Here Sale by  Division of Parks and Recre- ation officials have grown used to slings and arrows when it comes to the Indian River Inlet Marina. A Nov. 1 meeting on the latest version of plans for the marina drew something almost unheard of- nice words. Pep. Shirley Price, D-Millville, said the changes to stress safety and to dredge the whole basin are major improvements. She said the changes will make the marina more boater friendly and she ex- pects "we are going to get a good plan out of it." That&apos;s because the parks depart- ment has made major changes in its $8-million-plus plan to reno- vate the marina that is badly in need of an upgrade. That satisfied many in the crowd but not every- one. Rick Levinson, a boat owner, said the plans appear to be far su- perior to the old plans. "The light- bulb finally clicked on for some- body. It looked 100 percent im- proved," Others were less pleased. Re- publican Gerald Hocker, who will now take over Price's seat, argued that it has taken eight years to get anything done and that is far too long. The marina was once consid- ered a cutting-edge facility, but two decades of neglect have re- suited in a marina that badly needs improvements. There are sink- holes in the ground. The marina needs to be dredged. Electrical systems often malfunction. The Congress thefts, and the marina has fallen into a state of disrepair. The newest plans showcased at the meeting offered two major changes. First, a dry stack storage facility to house boats on land will be delayed until later. Many boaters objected to the dry stack storage, saying they pre- ferred keeping boats in the water for the sake of convenience and ease. They argued that dry stack marinas are expensive to operate, inconvenient, costly and potential fire hazards. The dry stack facility will still be built, but it will be delayed. Other work on the marina, includ- ing rebuilding the current slips and dredging the whole marina will be moved up and done sooner than previously planned. The other major change is fill boaters with boat slips now will have boat slips in the future. Past plans would have eliminated many wet slips for smaller boats and replaced them with dry stack storage, prompting rumblings that those with smaller boats were get- ring a less pleasant deal. There was still plenty of grum- bling about dry stack marinas, a possible fee booth and more than a little skepticism that the state can come through with the fi- nances for such a costly undertak- ing. There was also a pledge by state officials to the crowd at the Biden Center to keep them informed about the changes and to begin a website on the marina renovation. needs passing and all the appro- priations bills except for defense. Once we hold our leadership ses- sions and then-reorganize our ap- pointments, we'll be ready for the agenda in January. It's a little ear- ly to say how that agenda will play out." Castle said one thing is certain: "The searchlight is sharply fo- cused on Republicans. We have a Republican president, a Republi- can Senate and a Republican House. I expect we'll have a much more active Senate now. People have been frustrated with the in- ability or unwillingness of the De- mocrat-controlled Senate to get things done. If we don't deliver now, we'll have no excuse at all." Continued from page 18 said, it's been good. I was in ses- sion so much this year that I only had time to campaign a few weeks before the election. It was a Sprint instead of a marathon." 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