Ohio marina is a reality after 30-plus years

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Floating cottages and 300 docks are part of a $10 million marina plan unveiled last week at Caesar Creek Lake, a 2,607-acre Ohio reservoir about 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

The marina was part of the original plan for the lake, which was created in 1975 by the Army Corps of Engineers, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News.

“It was promised 30 years ago,” Art Harden, Warren County’s representative to the marina design process, told the newspaper.

Construction of the first phase, including a building and 150 docks, is to begin next year.

The plan also calls for fishing platforms and launching areas for kayaks and other small boats. So far, the state has set aside $4 million from a waterway safety fund for the project, officials said.

The marina operator is expected to invest about $3 million in exchange for a 20- to 25-year contract — four to five times the typical marina lease, Phil Miller, resource planning administrator for the Ohio Division of Watercraft, told the Dayton Daily News.

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