Famed boat resurfaces at Alum Creek

Famed boat resurfaces at Alum Creek

There are 26 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 20, 2009, titled Famed boat resurfaces at Alum Creek. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Alum Creek State Park hosted one casualty to alcohol at the American Power Boat Association event yesterday, but you wouldn't have found her in the beer garden.

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Columbus, OH

#22 Sep 21, 2009
sure. no problem
Thought it was Great

Columbus, OH

#23 Sep 21, 2009
I was on the Water with my Family in our boat and we really thought this was awesome. I'm sad to see so many negative comments. It truly was amazing to have this event on our lake. It's one day a year. We can all enjoy this. I didn't think it was advertised very well or it would have been a much bigger event. I hope all this bad press in our local press doesn't kill something special. Hey, next year take your kids and enjoy this event.....We sure did.

Since: Sep 09

Carey, OH

#24 Sep 21, 2009
No Love for Libs wrote:
What is the big deal about hosting this event for a few days a year? If you want to fish on those weekends, go to one of 500 lakes in the state. This state park is for everyone to use. Besides, it generates a little income as well and does no harm. As far as alcohol goes, it is contained in one area. They serve it at football games, baseball games, and a plethora of other events, not to mention thousands of businesses in the area where people could drink and drive. However, I like the idea of not allowing alcohol whnever and wherever in the park. Groups of young adults will get together, get drunk and start numerous disturbances, which I have experienced in parks in other states that do allow alcohol. If everyone could be responsible, that would be fine, but they are not. They stay up to 3 or 4 in the morning partying and raising hell which is irritating and ruins the experience for everyone else.
HOWEVER....I like the idea of NO alcohol, where ever, when ever those that can't be responsible, will get into a vehicle of any kind, on land or water. I have lost three immediate relatives AND two future grandparent in-laws AND a best girlfriend to alcohol related accidents...GET THE PICTURE ?!?! I can handle someone or even myself, raising a little hell til 3 or 4 in the morning in the woods verses standing at a gravesite. You'll think differently when it happens to you.
Griggs Powerboater

Columbus, OH

#25 Dec 2, 2009
Wow, I love how all the I hate Powerboaters crowd jumps all over Alum Creek Powerboat Club for wanting to put in a nice facility and addition to the waterways. Where were all you people when OSU & GCRA were given public land at Griggs to put up a 22,000SF 5Mill boat house? Where was all the screaming and whining there?

There are a dozen boat clubs around Central Ohio and all of them lease the land from the government. Alum Creek already has a huge Sailing Club there. So where you people whining about that?

Never mind how many regattas that the Sailing Club has, but god forbid you have 1 powerboat race a year and that is too much.

There is a serious lack of waterways for powerboats in Central Ohio. With all the political pressure from OSU and the environmental groups Griggs and Oshaunnessey will probably be limited to 9.9HP or non-powered boats very soon. Thus leaving now place in Franklin County to powerboat. Alum Creek will then be the only close place to enjoy the water!
AC Powerboat Club Member

Mount Gilead, OH

#26 Mar 17, 2010
I think this person is quite mis-informed. There is not a marina or cove for alum creek power boat club. There is a marina for the sailboat club and also the state run marina with docks. I am not sure if you are mis informed or just mis spelled sailboat with powerboat.
Are you kidding me wrote:
As if there isn't enough boating traffic on Alum's LITTLE 3,387 acres!
Since 1974, boating traffic has increased to the point where you don't dare take your family out on the weekend due to irresponsible Jetskiers, Wakeboarders, Powerboaters, and Sailboaters!
GEESH...during a warm weekend in the summer, the lake looks like an L.A. FREEWAY at rush hour!
Let's also mention how ODNR is allowing "Privatization" of parts of the lake! There's one COVE that's only accessible to Alum Creek Power Boat Club that includes docks, restrooms, etc, and DAMN the rest of us if we want to tie up for a few minutes to use the restroom!
So now, part of the lake is going to be cordoned off "twice a year" to allow racing??
And how soon will The American Power Boat Association be LEASED their own COVE?
Question is...WHO'S GOT THE MONEY?
ODNR...enough is enough!

Since: Aug 11

Sunbury, OH

#27 Aug 8, 2011
I am a power boater AND a member of the sailing club at alum creek state park. I know the facts and would be happy to share them.

The sailboat marina is a vendor lease from the state to the club, the club is called the alum creek sailboat association.

The sailboat marina parking lot, shelter house, restrooms, picnic area and portable toilet station are all supposed to be open to the public according to the State lease and the requirements by the owner of the land, the army corp of engineers.

Through the management of the club the facility is NOT open to the public. Many people have been told to leave by club members and that it is a private facility, when in fact it is not.

The club was partially built using Clean Water Vessle Act (CVA) grant money.$43,500.00 and a matching amount from the State ODNR $53,000.00 This money was for a portable toilet dump station that is required by US Fish and game to be open to ALL recreational boats. This dump station is NOT NOW and has NEVER been accessible to non club members, fishermen or powerboaters. The CVA grant came from fishing equipment taxes and Boat fuel taxes disbursed by US Fish and game. The portable toilet dump station money was used to put in a sewer line and utilities from the sailboat marina to the beach. This is the very same system that the alum creek sailboat marina now uses for their restroom facility that public boaters can not access.$98,000.00 of our tax money spent to keep Alum creek waters clean for everyone and construct a public facility was used to build a private club. The public suffers, the water suffers, the wildlife suffers, The clean water grant suffers, the alum creek sailboat association gains.

The club has recently been found in non compliance by the ODNR for not allowing boaters to access this facility, yet there is still no place to park a non club boat.

The club has been offered by the ODNR to "pay off" the CVA grant rather than comply to the terms of the agreement. They are also being offered this in a pro rated amount of $17,000.00.

A second option offered to the club was to put in a courtesy dock so that PUBLIC boaters could access the facility. The alum creek sailboat association voted against this last week 17 to 4.

In summary, fishing and fuel taxes were used to construct a sailboat marina that was never open to the public as required by law. The sailboat club is now going to pay back 16% of that money to circumvent compliance. Where is the other $85,000.00? and why is the sailboat club allowed to operate as if it is on private property with no penalties? I am asking this question of the ODNR and I hope that you will too.

If you would like more information, I would be happy to share copies of paperwork and contact information of the people that are making these decisions.
Ralph Rhodes
[email protected]

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