Hopewell celebrates marina renovation
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
May 12, 2014, 15:50
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Kayakers enjoy the recently renovated Hopewell Marina on Saturday during a grand opening celebration.
HOPEWELL — After a ribbon cutting days before, the opening of the Hopewell Marina was celebrated again with a grand opening celebration on Saturday. Members of the community gathered to take part in the new and improved marina.
Ronnie and Terri Ellis, who own FishTails, the ship store at the marina, were all smiles during the festival on Saturday as people filled the parking lot.
“The store’s been busy today which is good,” Ronnie said.
His wife Terri was also excited to see a crowd gathered on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m glad we had a good turnout,” Terri said. “It’s exciting. It’s exciting but busy. I love it, it’s an awesome job.”
Christina Luman-Bailey, Ward 1 councilor, was making her way around the marina on Saturday. She said the marina was something the city needed to improve.
“This belongs to the community,” she said.
Members of the community gathered to hear the Rock Bottom Bridge Band play and enjoyed free food by the water. Kristie Page, along with Brayden and Brenden, and Dee Reese, sat by the water enjoying some of the barbecue.
“It looks much better,” Page said of the improvements at the marina. “It looks nice.”
Jim Enochs, of J.W. Enochs, the contractor who bid on the $1.5 million contract for the marina and who was responsible for the improvements, sat by and watched the community gather around and enjoy the work that was recently completed.
“It’s been pretty successful,” Enochs said of the marina since the renovations had been finished. “We have been getting a lot more traffic since it’s done. I rode by Monday and the parking lot was two-thirds full. It’s been a big boost for this town and I hope it continues to be that way.”
Brad Wells, the general manager of the Beacon Theatre, another newly renovated staple in the Hopewell community, was on hand during the grand opening celebration on Saturday. He said that the Beacon and the Marina will give new visitors to Hopewell that “wow” factor and said the two should bring more people into the city.
“It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful,” Wells said of the marina. “Things like this, and the Beacon, are things that not a lot of towns have. I hope it does a lot for Hopewell.”