Developer plans to build marina on Lake Malone

Developer plans to build marina on Lake Malone

Boaters are revved up about a proposed project on Lake Malone in Muhlenberg County.  It would create a 2second marina on the lake and give boaters another option for boat storage. But not everyone is happy about it.

Preston Browning probably wishes he had better "fish-tales" to tell. When it comes to Lake Malone---he hasn't had the best luck reeling in the big one. "It's tough…too many people fishing…I caught an eight pound bass when I was 13. That's the biggest I've caught," said Preston Browning, Muhlenberg County fisherman.

Browning could potentially see more boaters just like him on Lake Malone soon. Deep Water Estates Developer Chris Urban is planning to build a 25 slip marina at the end of Sherwood Point Lane. Urban says the marina will be open to the public, handicap assessable, and he plans to rent out slips.  Some neighbors like the plan. Sherwood Point Lane resident Belinda Nickle says a marina would fit in with the new houses in the neighborhood. "I think it's a good idea because nobody has a place to park boats over here….might help this area because the other areas are a few miles from either side of the lake," said Belinda Nickle, Sherwood Point Lane Resident.

Some are against the new marina. Muhlenberg County Conservation Club Treasurer Melody Vaught says her organization is concerned that part of the lake is too narrow for a 25 slip marina and fish spawning could be negatively impacted. But developer Urban says the site is seven to 12 feet deep and the size won't be a problem.

Urban says fish and wildlife officials are reviewing plans for the proposed marina. There will be a public meeting in November to discuss the plan further.