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Steele Creek Marina Thanks Military & Customers with BBQ & a BEAT for Memorial Day

We the people…who use Kerr Lake appreciate the commitment of all the companies who provide goods and services for us. And as we at Kerr Lake Park Watch know, all the different kinds of companies and organizations that sell us, serve us and sometimes save us, well, that’s a bunch of businesses because it takes a lot to serve the more than one and a half million people who boat, fish, ski, hike, walk, run, camp, picnic and cook and more at, on and in Kerr Lake.

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One of the newer businesses that’s really trying to make a mark with new and improved services, products and rentals is Steele Creek Marina and Campground.  It’s really good to see Charles and Jill Robinson, the new proprietors of Steele Creek Marina stepping up and out with new services for their customers and for celebrating special times like Memorial Day.  The marina has a real family feeling to it now.

We thought you’d like a two-minute look at this special celebration of patriotism and customer appreciation.  Here’s the link:  Steele Creek Customer Appreciation & Memorial Day

 

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YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION NC ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE LITERALLY GOING UP THE RIVER TODAY

YOU’VE DONE NOTHING AND NOW YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY MADE BY THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. 

BOARD MEMBERS HAVE MEETING WITH NC STATE SENATORS THIS AFTERNOON TO TRY TO CHANGE HOUSE BILL 795, WHILE THE BILL ITSELF SAILS BY FIRST READING IN SENATE.

Even as members of the board of the Roanoke River Basin Association and supporters from other groups, interested in halting or at least slowing the sale of 10 million gallons a day of Kerr Lake water to Franklin County and beyond, prepare to meet this afternoon with Senator Angela Bryant who represents the Kerr Lake area and other senators, the hurried passage of HB 795 being pushed by big business and Governor Pat McCrory is getting closer and closer.  The RRBA and legislators meet this afternoon in Room 414 of the Legislative Office Building.

Simply put, House Bill 795 would greatly eliminate the public, that’s you, from commenting or issuing a formal opinion about practically all of the environmental policy and rule changes made in North Carolina.  It would eliminate most of the public notices now required and right now would hurry along the implementation of the Inter Basin Transfer of water from Kerr Lake to Franklin County and beyond.

Kerr Lake Park Watch’s position is that that allocation made by the Corps of Engineers is for development of the poor Tier One counties around the lake and to keep that water within the same basin.  That concept has been hammered to public officials by KLPW, the RRBA, the Sierra Club and a group called Preserve Our NC Lakes Community.  What may be thousands of emails from citizens objecting to this transfer and to the overall changing of input was called a few emails in an address by DENR official Tom Franzen last week to the Henderson City Council which is the water power behind the transfer which would add millions of dollars to the city’s coffers.

“Go ahead and sit there at your TV or computer and do nothing and they will legislate your damn freedoms right away from you,” said a perturbed KLPW Frank Timberlake.  “The legislators have ignored and are ignoring the public’s plea for an Environmental Impact Study.  The media has either been told to back off this story or either they just can’t see the public’s right to government input being taken away.  DENR was the agency that said coal ash ponds were ok and you want me to have them making policy without public input?  I don’t think so.”

Timberlake is urging anyone who is involved not just with Kerr Lake but any aspect of the environment to stop today, right now and call their state senator and say, “Just put the brakes on this until we can all catch a breath and stop that IBT on Kerr Lake.”  Here’s a direct link to your senator’s phone and email:  http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=senate.

By the way, next week, maybe even tomorrow will be too late.

 

 

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KERR LAKE PARK WATCH ASKS REP. BASKERVILLE TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF STEELE CREEK MARINA

Kerr Lake Park Watch today asked Vance County Representative Nathan Baskerville to intervene on behalf of a Vance County business with the State Construction Office and the State Property Office regarding new and increasing demands for improvements at Steele Creek Marina, the latest being electrical requirements.

“We’re asking Representative Baskerville to investigate the excessive demands and requirements being placed on the lessee of the Steele Creek Marina.  It’s like a vendetta and it needs to cease,” said KLPW spokesman Frank Timberlake, “State Parks is happy, the Corps is happy, but these other guys, well, that’s a different story.

“We’re upgrading everything as hard as we can,” said marina operator Charles Robinson. “We’ve been fixing and adding on every day.  But even our very experienced electrical engineers are asking why certain demands are being made of us.  They want to know who we’ve ticked off in Raleigh.”

The rub may go back to when Kerr Lake Park Watch exposed a contract for the marina being awarded by the state property office that did not pay the previous operator a fraction of the worth of the tangible assets.  Working with local citizens and legislators, KLPW pushed for the State of North Carolina to see the previous owner properly paid and to see that the Steele Creek contract went to a qualified operator.

Timberlake commented, “I personally know that yesterday, May 4, 2015, Charles Robinson was under water most of the day shoring up anchors and other dock attachments.  He’s been in the boat and boat repair businesses for years.  If it’s in the water or on it, Charles Robinson knows it.  His marina is now open seven days a week.  We are seeing constant improvements and services never offered before.  When has that ever existed?  And, he’s a family guy transforming the marina into family fun and services. You can even rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards now.”

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The KLPW leader went on to say that he also knows that many possible improvements in the seven NC State Recreation Areas on Kerr Lake are hampered even halted by excessive regulation by the state property office and the state construction office. “One guy told me that those people have ordered him to change drawings for a simple project seven times.  Not once have they ever set foot on the property, they just rule autonomously and blindly from Raleigh, and it’s got to stop,” said Timberlake.

According to Timberlake, that arrogant, insufferable, if not vengeful attitude, by those two offices is why KLPW asked Rep. Baskerville to intervene and investigate for himself. “We’ve got nearly 1000 campsites around the shores of Kerr Lake and there are a lot of lake users who are dependent on those marinas.  Those marinas are big business for Vance County and anywhere one is located.  That’s why we have asked for Baskerville’s help.  This should be right up his alley as he claims to be a ‘people’s man’ and the little businessman is getting squashed by the government for which he pays.” Timberlake added, “We hope that Representative Baskerville can get Charles and Steele Creek some well-deserved breathing room.  The state has never put a dime into that marina, not a dime.  I ought to know.  I helped write the first lease ever when I served on a state parks board. “

Since Robinson got a short lease 13 instead of 25 years, due to the NC and US Army Corps of Engineers leasing window, maybe the State of North Carolina decided to force him to fix up Steele Creek and if he doesn’t make it, so what.   Timberlake thinks, “Yes, and maybe those guys in the state property office already have the next lessee picked out.  Well, it won’t happen in the dark, not on our watch.”

 

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NEW VIDEO SHOWS THE SPIRIT OF KERR LAKE PARK WATCH AT WORK

Creating a volunteer day has been on the list of things needed of Kerr Lake Park Watch since its creation over four years ago.  It has taken time to materialize and when it did, establishing a Volunteer Day for the NC State Recreation Areas at Kerr Lake came fast due to schedules.  But on April 25th, with a small group of volunteers and a slightly larger diversified park staff group, some great works emerged and some old friendships were strengthened while some new ones began.

Supporting KLPW since its inception, marketing communications firm, R F Timberlake & Company, Inc. has provide public relations, issues and government relations and other valuable contributions.  Seeing what the volunteers at Hibernia did on that day sparked the creative types in the marcom company to create a lasting “thank you” to all who helped, in the hopes that Volunteer Days will develop at all seven NC State Park Recreation Areas on Kerr Lake.

Enjoy the video:  Hibernia Volunteer Day 2015

 

 

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - Camping Safety, KLPW - MAIN NEWS, KLPW - N C State Recreation Areas

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