4 for the future: Vidalia marina in use

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 26, 2010

Phase one of construction for the Vidalia Marina, a project that was first mentioned in 2004, is complete, and more work on it will be started after more funding is received.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copleand said the city is still continuing to move forward with the marina.

“We are applying for additional grants,” he said. “We have already completed the first phase, and we are currently working on funding for the second and third phase.”

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The first phase of construction of the marina was completed in April, and it replaced the existing boat ramp on the south end of the riverfront with a more direct approach from the road, extending it so that boaters have access even at the lowest water points.

The first phase also included the widening of an existing parking area to better accommodate boats, and a portion of the river walk was lowered to make the ramp more accessible.

Boats are currently able to use the marina, Copeland said.

Copeland said the project should cost approximately $1.2 million once it is complete.

With no marina located between Baton Rouge and Greenville, Copeland said it would be a great asset to the city.

“If we can have a place for people to stop and park their boat, they would love visiting the area,” he said. “People can get supplies, gas and just visit if they stop by at the marina.”

Copeland said once the city receives additional funding, the project should be complete in approximately two to three years.

The second phase of the marina, which will include the construction of a floating dock and a wave alternator upriver, will be started once the city can gather funding, Copeland said.

The proposed third phase will include the construction of more docking space.