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Marina slipholders in Hampton to see leases end
By Robert McCabe
Slipholders at the Old Point Comfort Marina at Fort Monroe will see their leases expire this summer as part of the historic facility's transition from federal to state hands. They may, however, get the opportunity to sign a new one through the state authority set up to oversee the facility.
The marina is owned by the U.S. Army. On Aug. 1, the Fort Monroe Authority, an organization created by the state, anticipates taking over its operations. On Sept. 15, the state will formally assume ownership of most of the 564 acres at the fort, which will be managed by the authority, said Bill Armbruster, its executive director.
The Army has indicated that the slipholders' leases will expire on July 31, Armbruster said. The Fort Monroe Authority expects to take over operations as of Aug. 1, he said. It hopes to have an operator in place and to be able to offer new leases effective on that date.
Johnny Noles said he is one of about 200 slipholders who use the facility. He said he pays about $1,800 a year to lease a slip for his 30-foot sailboat. He is concerned about a possible rate increase, he said.
Armbruster said a meeting was held with slipholders late last year and another is planned in mid-March, when rates will be discussed.
"We know they're predominantly active-duty and retired military," Armbruster said. "Our intent is to encourage the slipholders to want to stay."
Robert McCabe, (757) 446-2327, email@example.com