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Marina construction has begun

 

top-spot-logoIt started as an idea back in 1978. Now roughly 30 years later, the construction of the Clarksville Marina is underway. The ground breaking ceremony was held at the Fairgrounds Park yesterday, to a standing room only crowd.

The Marina Groundbreaking

The Marina Groundbreaking

Mayor Johnny Piper

Mayor Johnny Piper

Jim Durrett introduced Mayor Johnny Piper to a round of applause . Mayor Piper thanked all of the individuals who served on committees over the years that worked on the project, and helped bring it to a reality. Mayor Piper stated, “It is a testament to those that are in this city who commit to a project knowing that it’s the best for the city, and that it needs to be done, and that they stayed focused to be able to get it done.”

Bruce Lundy spoke for J.J.R. Consultants, the design firm for the Marina project. Greg Batts, the private developer for the project also said a few words about the marina and the plans for redeveloping the area. Batts said “This is not just going to be a marina. This is not going to be just a place for someone with a boat, to park a boat. We are dedicated to making this a destination that people will want to come and spend lots of time at.”

The development will also include walking trails, playgrounds, ballfields, hiking, an larger dog park, amphitheater and an expanded pond for fishing and paddle boats. Long term plans also include restaurants and shops. This represents one giant step for Clarksville Tennessee,” said Mayor Piper.

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One Response to “Marina construction has begun”

  1. Scott Beasley Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Mayor Piper stated, “It is a testament to those that are in this city who commit to a project knowing that it’s the best for the city, and that it needs to be done, and that they stayed focused to be able to get it done.”

    Knowing what’s best for the city? A better way would have been to put it on a referendum, but I guess the Mayor thinks the people are too stupid to “know what’s best. No matter how bad he tries to make the marina a “need”, it IS a want and will continue to be. By the way, staying focused to be able to get it done requires the taxpayers footing the bill for the next 32 years before it can be considered “done”. This is the problem, omnipitent moral busybodies are even more dangerous than the Rober Barons of the past. The Rober Barons cruelty sometimes sleep and there were moments of compassion, but people who torment us for our own good are more dangerous, for they do so at the approval of their own conscience.

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