The Outer Cover Marina will be shut down indefinitely and all existing agreements with the marina will be terminated.
The closure will start next Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.
In an announcement last Friday, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources said the department will be closing the Outer Cove Marina in its entirety due to its “deteriorating condition” and would also terminate all existing agreements made for the marina until further notice.
The closure is so that the marina can be rehabilitated and fixed for future use. The announcement, however, did not set a timeline on how long the marina will be closed.
In Friday’s notice, DLNR Secretary Anthony Benavente said the marina’s closure is based on the recommendation of the Office of the Public Auditor and Department of Public Works.
“We want to ensure the safety and security of the tenants, operators, agents, and the general public by closing down the marina as DLNR moves forward on rehabilitation efforts. We ask for the community’s patience as we improve one of our island’s most popular sites to better accommodate events for the public,” he said in the statement.
Benavente’s announcement added that all OCM tenants, operators, and agents must sign a waiver of liability, due on Sept. 4, 2019, by 12pm.
“Visit the Smiling Cove Marina office [or the DLNR main office in Lower Base] immediately to sign a waiver of liability to continue usage of OCM prior to full termination,” Benavente noted. Failure to sign a user waiver on or before Sept. 4, 2019, will result in eviction from OCM.
DLNR also wants updated company records to be provided to them, including updated records such as mailing addresses, contact persons, and accounts with OCM, as well as vessels.
“DLNR will submit all past due accounts for collection with the Office of the Attorney General,” the announcement noted.
DLNR said that companies should start preparing to relocate.
“Begin to make immediate arrangements for berthing your vessels, loading and unloading passengers elsewhere,” the announcement noted.