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Marinas Update 

By Larry Sincoskie - larrys@landings.org 
Marinas Director 

Summer hours for the Marinas begin June 1. Operating hours for Landings Harbor are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Delegal Creek Marina’s hours are  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Marinas staff are looking forward to the hustle and bustle this time of year traditionally brings. With the winter doldrums and offseason projects coming to an end, launch, haul, and recovery will be the focus at Landings Harbor dry storage. Weekend activities are in full tilt mode, with two weekends in a row topping more than 200 boat movements. Boaters, please use the BoatCloud App to make your vessel movements. With this tried-and-true method, launch activities were at an all-time high last year through use of the BoatCloud App. If you need to refresh your phone or mobile device with the BoatCloud app, please call the Marina’s Ship Store (912-598-1901), and we will be happy to assist you.

Our awesome full-time staff who you already know are here to assist you, as always. Please help us welcome the new faces of our seasonal team members. You may even find a smiling face you already know from your neighborhood, as we are bringing on local resident-staffers to assist during the busy summer.

We know everyone is anxious to start having gatherings once again and encourage the use of our beautiful waterfront park at Landings Harbor Marina. While enjoying this fantastic Landings amenity, we hope that you will help us to keep it beautiful by picking up after yourselves and your pups, so the next residents that come by can enjoy it as well.

Savannah State University Oyster Restoration Angler’s Study

Calling all anglers! Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and The Landings Marinas are working with Savannah State University to attract volunteer Marinas members to participate in hook-and-line species sampling at oyster reef sites now through September 2021. The project will be comparing two oyster restoration approaches. One approach will use bagged oyster shells (currently the common approach), and the other will use oyster catcher material (plant-based fibers dipped in cement that can be wet formed into any shape you want). We have incorporated this volunteer angler activity to support other sampling efforts.

Our other fish and crustacean sampling efforts will mostly target smaller individuals. Angler surveys will collect information on larger, more mobile individuals (for example red drum and speckled trout). This approach has provided valuable information for research I have worked on in the past. The sites will be located in the Skidaway River on the shoreline adjacent to the Skidaway Island State Park. Detailed maps of the reefs will be provided to participating anglers, and there will be signs marking the reefs at each location. We also plan to coordinate directly with participating anglers prior to this activity to further clarify details.

Crabbing at the Marinas

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (www.coastalgadnr.org) monitors crabbing in our local waters. It is unlawful to take or possess any crab fewer than five inches from spike to spike across the back (other than a “peeler” or a “mature adult female” crab). Peelers must measure at least three inches from spike to spike across the back. No sponge (egg-bearing) crabs are allowed.

Recreational crabbers may take no more than one bushel of crabs during any 24-hour period. No more than two bushels may be taken recreationally or possessed during a 24-hour period on a boat with more than one person aboard. The Marinas require that all traps be checked and cleared every 24 hours by the owner to ensure that there are no by-catch species that have entered the trap and that the crabs of “legal size” that have been caught are either removed or released. Trust me, the crabs inside of a trap do not encourage/invite other crabs to enter a trap. Staff also ensure that the traps are not high and dry during low tide. They are instructed to remove and release any species from the traps that are not being monitored by the owner. Please follow  The Landings Association’s rules for fishing and crabbing at the Marinas to avoid removal of your traps.

Landings Harbor Tiki Bar Project

Marinas staff and members from the Marinas Committee recently removed the old, weathered Tiki Bar top. New bracing and corbels have been installed in preparation of the new bar top materials arrival from a local supplier. The bar top will be constructed of milled Garapa hardwood in its natural state. We anticipate that this dense lumber will tolerate the weather and climate the tiki bar is exposed to as well as survive the occasional cocktail mishap. Additionally, it will preserve this asset often used by all Landings residents. The renaming of the Tiki Bar was put to a vote during a recent meeting of the Skidaway Island Boat Club (SIBC). The winning results from the recent SIBC vote is Dockside Bar. SIBC is working with TLA’s Public Works in crafting and installing the new sign.

New Merchandise at Landings Harbor Marina’s Ship’s Store!

Please come by and see our new custom Comfort Colors t-shirts and Landings Harbor/Savannah area map long-sleeved solar shirts. We have added a V-neck version and a unisex hoody to the mix. New colors of AFTCO shorts for men and a longer five-inch length for the women’s shorts also are available. We are proud to announce that we are carrying UPF 50+ sun protection products from Coolibar. They are the first sun protective clothing company to receive The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. We currently have their unisex Convertible Boating Hat and their Abaco Fishing and Sun Gaiters in stock. It is very important to have the right protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Do not forget we have your fishing needs covered, too, including frozen bait, Penn fishing rod-and-reel combos, and tackle. Now that everyone is spending so much time on and by the water, we are your source for RHEOS Nautical Eye Wear, floating sunglasses with great nylon optics, and floating waterproof phone cases from AquaVault. Last, but not least, we have a fridge stocked with cold beverages, a freezer full of ice cream confections and Leopold’s single serve cups, and shelves full of snacks to fuel you up on these hot summer days.

Finally, don’t forget that Delegal’s Sunset Pavilion is now accepting reservations. Visit our website (landings.org/sunset-pavilion-reservation-summary) for more information on reserving the Sunset Pavilion.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events this summer, and we look forward to seeing you at the Marinas!