Anchoring down

Mayor says boaters will have docks
in Madison this summer

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(February 2007) – Madison Mayor Al Huntington said he is “thrilled” that the city has negotiated a deal for Gary Gillespie of Carrollton, Ky., to offer boat docking facilities this summer for boaters arriving in Madison via the Ohio River. The docks and a floating restaurant should be operational by the upcoming boating season, pending review and permit approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Madison Riverbank

File photo

Boaters visiting Madison festivals last
year had to beach their craft on the
sand or mud of the Ohio River.

The Corps must grant Gillespie a permit before he can install docks along the river in the same location where he once operated The Wharf restaurant and docks.
“When he was here before he did an excellent job, and people really liked him,” said Huntington.
The Wharf is beached along the Kentucky River at Gillespie’s home in Carrollton. But Gillespie plans to bring in a different floating restaurant that he has purchased and about 600 feet of boat docking space, according to the mayor.
The new restaurant will be more casual than the Wharf, which the mayor thought would blend well with the riverfront atmosphere. “It will be a different venue than the previous restaurant, but I think it will be great for the riverfront,” said Huntington.
“I’m also thrilled that we are getting docks on the river this summer; that is one of the biggest complaints we received last year,” said Linda Lytle, executive director of the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She said many boaters want to visit Madison by boat and take part in festivals or simply shop and eat in town. “This has been one of the mayor’s priorities ever since The Wharf left town,” she said.
The city negotiated a one-year contract with another operator last year to provide docking space only along the riverfront, but many boaters wound up beaching their craft in the sand or mud, with no water or electric hookups.

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