It turns out downtown store buildings are not the only ones who have new tenants.
Storm Lake residents Marvin and Bernita Hartman have taken over operations at the Casino Beach Marina located west of town, and are looking forward to the opportunity of running their own business.
The Hartmans, who have taken over the site lease from former owner Kelly Clough, began work at their lakeside business on May 9, and Marvin said the first three weeks of their new venture have been pleasant.
"So far everything's going really well," Marvin said. "Everybody that has come in here has wished us well and are excited for us, and it's been fun to meet all of the people and help them out here. It's been a good experience."
"We're all excited about being able to do this," Bernita said. "We're really looking forward to helping people out here at the marina."
The Hartmans, who still own a farm east of Storm Lake, have been boating enthusiasts for around six years, and Marvin heard about the opportunity at the marina while in town getting seed. After discussing the situation, the couple decided to add the lakeside view of the marina operation to their farming, and have been in the process of ordering new fishing equipment and miscellaneous supplies for their store.
The Hartmans plan to open a concession area inside the main marina building, where they will sell items such as hot dogs and Maid-Rites, and also have a full-time mechanic, Nicholas Snyder, on staff to help provide maintenance work for boats.
Marvin said he and his family know it will be challenging, but are enthusiastic about making the marina the family business for years to come.
"It's different than farming, but it's fun," Hartman said. "We hope to do this for quite a while."