Favorite

LR marina cleared 

The Times reported last year that the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard had raised objections to the Rock City Yacht Club marina proposed by Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter for acreage on the south side of the Arkansas River just east of the Clinton Library.

The federal agencies were concerned that the marina would be too close to the shipping channel of the river and the sometimes unwieldy barge traffic it carries.

Problem solved. We learned this week that the Corps and Coast Guard had signed off on changes in design that moved marina construction 50 feet toward land from the rock dikes that help preserve the navigation channel. Permits were approved in July and developers have until the end of 2015 to get the work done. Burkhalter didn't return a call about specifics on construction, but he would seem to be serious. He recently received a $411,000 grant from the state Game and Fish Commission to build a boat ramp on city-owned property to serve customers at the marina, which will have about 400 slips for boats and another 75 spots for personal watercraft.

Burkhalter, who's talked about running for governor as a Democrat in 2014, has sent signals to people associated with the project that his busy business agenda likely means he won't be entering the political arena.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Shared

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Public defender: an AIDS activist remembers 15 years in the trenches

    • My name is Wilson Jenni. I am really pleased with this service. I am one…

    • on September 20, 2017
  • Re: What were we thinking?

    • How about the red lipsticked lips about to eat a strawberry? Or the duck? Circa…

    • on September 20, 2017
  • Re: On bullshit

    • In response to Dr. Richard Owings justifying doctors refusal to cooperate with medical marijuana laws:…

    • on September 17, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation