2017-07-14 / Front Page

Marina reopens in time for summer

BY WILSON A. RIVERA
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


A boat approaches the launch area that recently became accessible during the Fourth of July weekend after months of being closed since April due to severe storm damage to the marina. 
PHOTO BY WILSON A. RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE A boat approaches the launch area that recently became accessible during the Fourth of July weekend after months of being closed since April due to severe storm damage to the marina. PHOTO BY WILSON A. RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE The marina at Pointes West Army Resort reopened just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend after months of repair.

Severe weather with strong winds in April damaged parts of the marina and roofing that collided with docked boats. Boats were either flipped over or underwater.

“While we’re ecstatic to be open for boat launch and partial marina services, there is still much work to be done in the recovery effort,” said Derek Hagelthorn, Pointes West general manager.

“Roughly 40 percent of slips have yet to be reconstructed, and the fuel dock is still not online.”

PWAR is optimistically planning on construction completion by January 2018, and once construction is complete, we’ll be continually looking at ways to expand upon and improve the customer experience at Pointes West Marina.


Families make their way to the boat docks that recently became accessible during the Fourth of July weekend after months of being closed since April due to severe storm damage to the marina. 
PHOTO BY WILSON A. RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE Families make their way to the boat docks that recently became accessible during the Fourth of July weekend after months of being closed since April due to severe storm damage to the marina. PHOTO BY WILSON A. RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE “It was a miracle that actually no one was hurt,” said Faith Hopkins, whose father, an Army retired veteran, docks his boat there. “We actually were surprised they got it open as quick as they did, because it was a lot of work to be open before the Fourth of July.”

After the storm, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation notified boat owners to retrieve their property after insurance claim procedures were completed.

Hopkins’ family was contacted by DFMWR who had representatives present to answer questions on site.

“ We couldn’t have been more pleased honestly,” she said. “They handled it great.”

Hopkins and her family are at Pointes West a few times throughout the week to do some fishing and to watch the sunset.

“What’s better than a day at the lake?” said Hagelthorn. “We’re excited to invite our watersport enthusiasts back to PWAR Marina, whether it be to drop your boat in for a day, or for our slip owners to once again enjoy the amenities of the resort and the beauty of the lake. Those affected by the storm can reflect on a tragic event, take solace in the fact that no deaths occurred as a result, and take pride in the PWAR, Fort Gordon, and Technical Support Services team members who worked tirelessly to get the facility back online and open to our guests. Now it’s time to get back to the business of making memories.”

For Hopkins it was a happy day knowing the marina was reopened. It felt like summer started all over again according to her.

“I feel blessed to live this close to the water. This is just a wonderful place to be, she said. “This is my happy spot.”

The marina and boat ramp were closed from April 3 to June 30.

Folks from all over the post and the Technical Support Services put in countless man hours under extreme circumstances to return the facility to functionality as quickly as possible.

Docks “B” and “C” have been repaired and are open for patrons to return. The active marina slips feature running water and electricity.

Additionally, the boat ramp is now open for any boat or personal watercraft owners who visit Pointes West to launch their vessel.

Slip rental and boat storage is available for active duty military, retirees, and DoD civilians, and long term contractors at Fort Gordon.

Over the holiday weekend, the entire resort was busy, to include the beach area, pavilions, and lodging. Additionally, 38 boat owners returned to the 56 repaired slips over the holiday weekend.

When fully operational, PWAR Marina is home to 113 boat slips; 56 of those are currently usable.

The facility boasts a 100 percent occupancy rate for rentals and storage, but boat owners who wish to utilize the marina in the future our encouraged and welcomed to place their name on the waiting list for availability.

“Our patrons are our family, and can rest assured knowing that they’ll be treated as such,” said Hagelthorn. “Customers should know that we value their service to their country, and their patronage here at PWAR Marina. By serving our Armed Forces, Pointes West prides itself on serving our military family.”

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