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Bank partially re-opens Don’s Port Marina

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 21, 2013

Monitor Photo/David Webb The marina store, slips, dry storage and boat launch at Don’s Port remain in operation with a small staff, while the bank seeks a buyer.

Monitor Photo/David Webb
The marina store, slips, dry storage and boat launch at Don’s Port remain in operation with a small staff, while the bank seeks a buyer.

By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Don’s Port Marina is open again on a limited basis until the property is sold to another party, according to an employee of the bank that now owns it.
Marina store manager Wendy Harrington said Pavillion Bank of Richardson hired a small staff to maintain the marina while it is on the market. She noted the marina store, slips, dry storage and boat launch would be in operation, but the restaurant, valet service, equipment rentals, gas pumps and boat shop would remain closed.
It is the second time for the marina to close since the drought reached its severest stage in the Cedar Creek Lake area in 2011.
“Apparently, in 2011, nobody stayed behind to help a smooth transition, and to secure the investments of our customers,” Harrington said. “Luckily I have been hired by the bank along with several others to keep everything as normal as possible.”
Harrington said the recent announcement of the marina closing again caused panic among people who own watercraft stored there. The marina’s owners sent out an e-mail earlier in the month notifying customers of the suspension of operations at the marina. The owners blamed the closing on the drought and low water, the same conditions that caused them to close in 2011. The marina’s owners, Terry and Jenny Scott, posted a hand-written note in the store’s window advising customers of the closing. The note said, “The drought has finally taken its toll.”
An e-mail dated Aug. 7 circulated around Cedar Creek Lake disclosing the text of the note.
Anyone interested in buying the marina should contact this e-mail address, donsportmarina@msn.com, or call Pavillion Bank at (972) 380-0700. Although many people expressed sadness about the marina’s closing, it came without surprise. The lake is now hovering at 5.61 feet below maintenance level, and is expected to decrease even more drastically unless there is unexpected rain. The lake dropped more than eight feet in 2011 when the Scotts, who operated the marina for seven years before giving up, closed the facility. Unexpected rains in 2012 allowed them to reopen the marina that spring and rescue the operation from foreclosure. Several businesses, including restaurants and retail stores, have failed in the last couple of years because of the drought and subsequent loss of traffic to the lake.
The Tiki Hut was the only restaurant operating on the water on Cedar Creek Lake at the time of its closing.

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