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      Charlevoix council considers options for marina expansion

      T he City of Charlevoix wants to expand its marina to help accommodate larger boats and yachts.

      T he City of Charlevoix wants to expand its marina to help accommodate larger boats and yachts.

      Monday, the city council consider ed four different options and g o t feedback from the public.

      I f the council moves forward with an expansion , it would cost thousands of dollars. But city leaders believe it would pay for itself within a few years.

      C ity planners first introduced a 150 - foot dock extension back in January that would cost more than $360,000 to build.

      S ince then the council has asked for more options.

      N ow they have two more plans that are smaller in size and cheaper , and of course they have the option of not making any changes at all.

      T here has been a lot of feedback from the community , both positive and negative , but the city is looking to reach a compromise that would benefit the whole community.

      "W e think there are strong economic drivers in creating dock space for some of the bigger boats that come into the harbor , but also we want to balance that with preserving the character and the view s on Round Lake," Rob Straebel, Charlevoix City Manager said.

      C ity leaders say the expansion would allow more boats to park at the marina on Round Lake.

      P lanners say the expansion would help the downtown area , by bringing an economic boost each summer.