Planned Lake Travis ma­rina has res­i­dents un­easy

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Mar­ques G. Harper mharper@states­man.com Ma­rina B

De­spite fall­ing lake lev­els and a drought that has in­ten­si­fied in re­cent weeks, de­vel­op­ers are plan­ning what would be one of the largest mari­nas on Lake Travis, at Cy­press Creek cove.

The pro­posal is a scaled­back ver­sion of a plan for a $15 mil­lion ma­rina re­sort that would have in­cluded float­ing homes. Af­ter pub­lic op­po­si­tion, Travis County com­mis­sion­ers last year banned new float­ing hab­it­able struc­tures on Lake Travis.

The new plans, from de­vel­op­ers Brian Ge­orge and John Ship­ley, call for the ma­rina to be 253,772 square feet of water sur­face area with 203 wet moor­ing slips, 60 per­sonal wa­ter­craft ramps and four re­stroom, bath and shower fa­cil­i­ties. The ma­rina would be the fourth in the Cy­press Creek area. It also would be in­ac­ces­si­ble by land.

As part of the per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion process, there will be a pub­lic meet­ing on the ma­rina plans at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Travis County West­side Ser­vice Cen­ter, 4501 FM 620. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Lower Colorado River Author­ity also will at­tend the meet­ing to an­swer ques­tions about the LCRA’s High­land Lakes Ma­rina Or­di­nance. Writ­ten com­ments can be sent

LAURA SKELDING / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Austin res­i­dent Loree Pitts sits on prop­erty she owns across Lake Travis from a pro­posed ma­rina. She, along with other res­i­dents, are con­cerned about an emer­gency at the site be­cause it is not ac­ces­si­ble by road.

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