Some details still to work out
As soon as this fall, the public will see the beginnings of the $4.5 million upgrade of the Casino Beach marina on Storm Lake's south shore.
While not an official part of Project AWAYSIS, there is a direct tie-in since the Iowa Department of Natural Resources decided to go ahead with marina improvements to meet the increased demands from visitors with Project AWAYSIS.
Diane Ford-Shivvers, policy and coordination supervisor for the DNR's Conservation and Recreation division, said the first phase of marina enhancement should begin this fall with dredging and removal of the island in the marina.
Next spring, work will start with border plantings and next summer the marina will be reconstructed with possible expansion of the existing food service. New boat ramps will also be constructed next summer.
Among the improvements are a doubling of the current number of boat slips, improved gas service with self-serve capabilities, and possible expansion of boat sales and repair. There will be a doubling of the boat launch area and the parking will be quadrupled.
There are also plans for an 10 cabins.
The extent of some improvements remains unknown at the present time.
"A lot of this is just dependent on the partnerships," Ford-Shivvers said.
Another unknown is management of the marina. Ford-Shivvers said the current contract expires December of 2006.
"If there are significant changes to the facility then legally we are required to go out for bid," Ford-Shivvers said.