Toledo Skyway Marina up and running

Don Smith tells News 11, "We are open for seasonal dockage. The city's long term goal is mainly transit dockage."
Don Smith tells News 11, "We are open for seasonal dockage. The city's long term goal is mainly transit dockage."

TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo is hoping for good business during this year's boating season at the Skyway Marina.

The facility is now fully operational located in the Marina District.

News 11's Rob Wiercinski has been talking to those trying to make it a success.

The Toledo Skyway Marina has been up and running for the past three weeks and despite a slow start to the season, and concerns about gas prices, the hopes are high for plenty of boaters to pull in and use the facility this year.

Don Smith tells News 11, "We are open for seasonal dockage. The city's long term goal is mainly transit dockage. We invite the boat clubs in. We invite people from outside of Toledo to come in, to Toledo to use this as a gateway."

The marina's gas pump is working, and the store is being stocked. But should it turn out to be a very slow boating season, the city of Toledo stands to take a financial bath.

The contract with the marina operator calls for the city to pay $3200 per month plus payroll expenses.

Last weekend's test run by Jet Express brought attention to the complex, and other events are being planned, including a 2-day festival to bring awareness to water quality issues.

Sandy Bihn tells us, 'We live in probably one of the best places in the Great Lakes, and it's perhaps one of Toledo's best kept secrets. We want more people to become aware of it and enjoy it and participate and help it."

What will ultimately spell success according to the operator is boaters in the region knowing what Toledo has to offer. Smith says, "It's all high quality, and this is -- from Detroit to the Sandusky area -- probably the highest quality facility there is."

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