Thursday, February 21, 2008

McKinley Marina Stakeholders Meeting

McKinley Marina Stakeholder’s Meeting

I attended the McKinley Marina stakeholder meeting last night. It was hosted by the Milwaukee Yacht Club (thanks for the munchies and drinks!) The purpose of the meeting was to bring the various groups that use McKinley up to speed on the new season. The meeting was chaired by Chuck Ward, Chief of Operations for Milwaukee County Parks. We were introduced to Clarke Johnson, the McKinley Marina manager.

Representation included the fishing community, the slip holders, the mooring field, the Milwaukee Yacht Club, the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and MAST. Highlights of the meeting:

We received the tentative schedule for closings to Lincoln Memorial Drive. I will share these on a web page.
We were told that the boathouse will in fact be torn down tomorrow and the area renovated including repairs to the breakwall and bridge.
At the moment there is no internet wireless capability in the Marina. Clarke is talking to several vendors to see if we can get this installed for this season.
The problem of radio interference on VHF channel 16 was discussed. This is not a marina problem but a federal problem. The Coast Guard is taking the lead on resolving the problem.

Also discussed was the possible air show. I have made that the topic of a separate post.

Both Chuck Ward and Clarke Johnson requested your direct feedback on how things are going. You can reach Clarke at 414-273-5224

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