I’ve been thinking long and hard on this and have come to the conclusion that Dayton stands to benefit greatly by thinking more of what we as a county have as a natural resource. Guess what we have? Yep, Rhea County has WATER. We have the Tennessee River. Think about it, this boat dock project in Dayton is a BOAT MAGNET. I think it would be cool to invest more and build something cool... I mean the one solid resource Rhea County has is the Tennessee River. And that river to professional anglers and FANS that follow these CORPORATE SPONSORED BASS BOATS, is the same thing as with any NASCAR driver or FAN, but just on a water level. Though I am not an angler, I still would love to go down and walk a marina on a pretty lake, surrounded by vendors along Point Park, the deli, the point, vendors, geese, people, solitude, safety, not to mention the potential for revenue for city and county.
But I think avid outdoorsmen can envision a nice building, new docks at the front, perhaps even a VIP section. Docks that follow the banks of the area to allow even common guys with a little flat bottom boat be able to tie up and enjoy which more than likely could be free to the public. Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to take your kids on a pontoon boat ride? Think of it folks, wouldn’t it be great if the boat dock grew big for all sorts of interests, professional anglers, hometown fishin’ boys, a place to take the kids for a sno-cone and a pontoon boat ride? There is a great deal of potential for the city here.
But to envision being around during one of those Bass Tournaments, watching the weigh-ins, the excitement of the engines starting up, ready to go win a tournament...it must be fun and I only wish I could just "go hang out" lol. Got to admit the concept is fun, practical and benefits everyone, even at off-seasons.
But I can see boats that are docked safely all around the waters edge, perhaps a board walk where one can walk at sunset, gander at these super nice boats, following that boardwalk to perhaps a swinging bridge like over at the walking track where one can continue that walk around Point Park, stopping to mingle in and around vendors or crafts, foods, maybe even sipping a nice cold "beverage" with my wife and a few extra dollars in my pocket to spend on something "neat". Maybe I cannot be an angler but I bet I can eat more funnel cake than any angler and would enjoy a stroll among the company of other residents and visitors while watching these avid anglers do their thing.
I also think that things like professional tournaments of any kind will draw OUTSIDE PEOPLE here along with their MONEY, and folks we do need their money. It seems like some years back the Rock Climbers Assoc. wanted to set up tournaments here, something like that. Research shows that roughly 2,000 people per event on the circuit follow these climbers. Also, during the off season, imagine the fun we "Rhea County Boys" can have in our 4x4 trucks!!! lol