Marina offers safe harbor for boats near oil spill

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Twin Dolphin Marina, on the Manatee River in Bradenton, Fla., is offering safe harbor to boat owners in the Gulf states and Florida Panhandle who are concerned that the oil spill could harm their vessels.

The marina said it will waive its long-term lease commitments and offer annual lease rates on a month-to-month basis for dockage while the oil slick remains a threat to the Gulf Coast.

"We are here to help our fellow boaters in those sensitive areas that have been affected by this unfortunate incident," said Michael Shanley, marina harbormaster, in a statement. "They are welcomed here as long as need be."

Twin Dolphin Marina is a 225-slip facility located approximately seven miles east of the Gulf of Mexico.

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