Marina moving docks further into water as levels fall


by Heather Kovar / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:01 PM

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas --  Moving docks is a slow process, its happening at Emerald Point Marina at a rate of one foot an hour.

The costly chore is considered a must for the business to stay afloat with lake levels continuing to fall.

So far they've towed one dock out into the lake. They’ll move another from the other side of the marina to line up parallel with the shoreline.

The marina is on the water by Carlos N’ Charlie’s, the once popular restaurant that closed earlier this month, blaming several years of low lake levels for loss of business.

Nearby, residents remember this area in its glory.

”It used to be spectacular. We used to bring our kids here,” said Pedro Osorio.

The LCRA released new aerial video shot this month. They say current combined storage of Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are currently at 32 percent capacity. In comparison, when LCRA released video just a month ago, the combined storage was at 35 percent.

However, low lake levels aren't spoiling the fun for everyone. Gija Ramo from San Antonio says her friends are renting either jet skis or a speed boat.

“I’m braving it! I'm here on vacation, I've got to enjoy it while I'm here,” said Ramo.

The Emerald Point Marina move will take about two weeks -- from start to finish.