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Shawnee marina upgrade planned

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- The State Controlling Board has approved a $2.3 million project to build a marina at Shawnee State Park in Scioto County, according to State Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott.

The controlling board has approved $2,303,860 for the project, according to a news release.

A public marina near the golf course will be renovated and a new floating dock, anchorage systems, dock utility services and other associated infrastructure will be included in the project.

The current docks have deteriorated due to age and some sections aren't able to be securely reopened to the public, according to the release. Improvements to modernize and allow for better access for the disabled also will be made.

"With Shawnee State Forest and the Ohio River, we have premium natural resources in Southern Ohio and we must do all we can to encourage tourism, development and jobs," Johnson said in a prepared release. "I am also working hard to get much-needed improvements done to the Holiday Point Marina in Franklin Furnace. These key infrastructure improvements will do much to rejuvenate our recreational boating and tourism industries."

The marina has 75 seasonal docks. The state park has 1,095 acres and is located inside the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest.

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