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Top, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling joined with local and state officials in breaking ground on the new Occoneechee State Park Marina and Fuel Dock project. From left, Jeb Wilkinson, deputy director, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. state Sen. Frank Ruff, Bolling, Del. Thomas Wright Jr., and Clarksville Mayor Kevin Allgood. Above, Bolling speaks at the ceremony. (Susan Kyte photos) / June 17, 2011
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling was the keynote speaker at the June 17 groundbreaking for the Occoneechee State Park marina project in Clarksville. When Phase I is completed, the state park marina on Buggs Island Lake will feature 52 boat slips, 47 parking spaces, ADA compliant restroom facilities, a wastewater dumping station and fuel dock. Construction is expected to take 5 to 6 months, and cost approximately $1.4 million.

Bolling expressed pleasure that the Occoneechee marina project, which has been in the development stage for 10 years, is finally coming to fruition. He credited the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation for the project’s success. “

It is because of your persistence and dedication, when it looked like funding for the marina was in jeopardy, that we stand here today. You were able to shake things loose,” said Bolling.

The general contractor on the project is Seward Marine Corporation of Chesapeake, Va. Red Oak Excavating of Red Oak will perform excavation and site preparation and the dock system will be provided by ShoreMaster of Charlotte, N.C.

Also in attendance at Friday’s event were Jeb Wilkinson, Deputy Director for Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Clarksville Mayor Kevin Allgood, Virginia House of Delegates member Thomas Wright, Jr., Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff, members of the public and other public officials.

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