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The Boathouse at the Augusta Marina is in shoddy condition



The once popular Boathouse, a part of the Augusta Marina and owned by the city, has been closed for two years and is now entering a derelict status. Makeshift gates bar entry to the wraparound deck, and the building is not available for use by the public.

On the heels of a very public battle between the Augusta Port Authority and the Parks and Rec Department over city funding for the Augusta M...

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  1. All this SPLOST money that was earmarked for certain things, was collected, more SPLOST have been passed and not one person can account for where the money went..and nobody in the commission thinks the city needs an audit other than 2 commissioners? Either someone is ignorant or involved..

  2. I started voting NO on SPLOST ballots after the first one because of the lack of transparency and accountability for how Augusta spends the money. We need to identify the idiot(s) in the government who will not sell the Boathouse and get it back on the tax register. Perhaps John Clarke or Ms. McKnight will make a motion in a public commission meeting to sell the building so we can identify those idiots.

    And Augusta wants to build a new civic center. The mayor, most commissioners, and department heads are like children who receive new expensive toys and then let them out in the back yard to be destroyed by the heat and rain. No more toys for you!

  3. $950,000 of SPLOST funds already allocated….what’s the problem? The problem seems to be the people in charge of the people in charge. The same thing is occurring now nationwide- TAX and WASTE.

  4. Good question James Herman. The boathouse appears to be going the way of most every structure in Augusta. The do not maintain anything – the boathouse, baseball stadium, the civic center (a new one should be scratched) parks (restroom fiasco at Diamond Lakes), riverwalk, broad street parking pits and downtown sidewalk and fountains to name a few; not to mention grass cutting city wide. Taxpayers NEVER get a true accounting if where the money has gone. It would be best to stop voting for SPLOST of any kind until a full accounting is made known. Forensic. Audit. ASAP.

  5. Another asset that has turned into a liability. If the city is not willing to maintain it, then it should be sold. We are a riverfront city and this could be a wonderful venue. I use the boat ramp by the boathouse from time to time. If we want this city to thrive we need a full forensic audit and evaluation of every department and piece of property.
    If we aren’t willing to maintain it, then we need to sell it.
    We may have to cut the pinky off to save the hand and start fresh. -LJ

  6. Another example of a lack of leadership by our mayor! Lots of fancy dancing and eloquent speeches, but can’t even take care of our existing infrastructure. We need local leadership who will address local needs. ARC is not the State of GA or the U.S. government. The top items for local government action are derelict properties and existing infrastructure maintenance.

  7. This building has huge potential! I enjoyed it way back when it was Palmer’s restaurant and even had my wedding there 10 years ago. It’s a shame that allocated funds have been diverted away from it. I’m sure there are many private business owners that would like to see it as a usable venue again. I agree, if the city isn’t willing to make an investment in the maintenance and upkeep, then sell it.

  8. In 2016 we made the mistake of moving from Columbia County to Richmond County and have regretted it ever since. There can`t be a worse ran City Government in the State of Georgia, and there is no relief in sight.

  9. Why is anyone surprised about ANYTHING in Augusta government? It’s the typical “Augusta Way”, like the “Chicago Way”. Even the crime rate, murders and shootings almost daily. Not to mention the way money just “disappears” from the city coffers. (We know it goes somewhere…)
    Sorry for you and your family Frank Bush. You made a HUGE mistake.

  10. FWIW, most cities, including Augusta, have a base rate for water service regardless of usage. A 3″ line will cost over $300 per month (water and sewer base rate) even with no usage. IIRC, the boathouse has a fire sprinkler system which could easily require a service of 3″ or more.

  11. I’m honored to serve on the BOE SPLOST citizens oversight committee. The third-party contractor GMK and Associates runs a tight shop and are accountable for every dollar. We meet monthly to review. Does Richmond County not have such a committee?

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