Rotary discusses Bainbridge Marina upgrades

Published 8:24 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Updates on the improvements made to the Bainbridge Marina over the past year since Mike King has been the director were given to Rotary at Tuesday’s meeting.

King spoke of his concern about having a lack of experience when he first assumed the position and how he and City Manager Chris Hobby went back and forth on what was needed to be done first.

One priority was the installation of full-service campgrounds, which have been created. They have electric, water, and Wi-fi.

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Another was to have a restaurant. Construction is currently underway remodeling storage and laundry rooms into a new, large modern kitchen. Dining areas have also been built, including a screened room seating 32-40, and an interior dining room with capacity for 50-60 diners. Expectations are that the restaurant will be ready to open in 60 days. At that time they will hire a chef and be open for customers Wed. through Sunday serving burgers, wings etc.

The Marina now has new pontoon boats for sale and is home to several houseboats belonging to an eclectic group of persons who all have moved their craft from the coast to the Bainbridge marina.

He indicated he is in the process of talking to more houseboat owners interested in moving here. All of the houseboats are privately owned, with none for rent at this time.

Marina hours are seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.