Marina Damaged, Closed for Season

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CLEVELAND -- Edgewater Public Marina will be closed for the 2013 season after it sustained heavy damage during Superstorm Sandy last October.

It’s believed 30 boats sunk at the marina.

Owners had hoped to reopen by the end of May. The breakwall and dock areas were heavily damaged by the storm.

Cleanup began immediately after Superstorm Sandy moved out, but the efforts were halted by winter weather. When the ice melted, owners determined the property needed to be rebuilt rather than repaired.

Edgewater Marina plans to reopen in 2014 for the boating season.

A letter was sent to boaters notifying them of the situation. Marina owners encouraged patrons to return next year.

"A lot of marinas stepped up when they heard about it and they offered dockage for our boaters that were displaced. Everybody has stepped up and helped a lot because of the damage," said Yard Manager David Murrow on Friday.

The Edgewater Marina has a capacity of 280 boats.

Whiskey Island Marina was also hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Hundreds of slips were destroyed along with the marina's infrastructure. With FEMA's help, the marina will be ready for the May rush, according to General Manager Tom Lawson.

Space will be limited at Whiskey Island. The marina has only about 30 spots left to fill.

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