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Ice Harbor Marina has boaters excited for spring

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's almost like summer inside the Grand River Center in Dubuque; at least by the looks of things. Of course outside it's sunny but temperatures aren't quite warm enough for boaters to get out on the river. But the annual Dubuque Boat and RV show is causing boat fever.

"A lot of people with a little cabin fever, hoping it's just a few weeks till spring. Very excited to be around boats.," said Justin Pretusky, owner of Dubuque Yacht Basin.

Soon the City of Dubuque might make it easier for boaters to visit the Grand River Center and the Port of Dubuque. A proposed $4 million project could bring 70 transient boat docks to Dubuque's Ice Harbor.

It's hard to imagine at the end of February, when the river is frozen over, but for those who spend their summers traveling up and down the river, having a marina here at the port of Dubuque means they'll be making a stop."

"We've been pumped up since the first of February and it's really hard since there's ice on the river, we really wanna get out and boat," said Cathy Little, who just bought a new boat with her husband.

The Little's do spend the summer on the river. They often stop in Clinton for a day or two. Thanks to a similar marina.

"Spending the night and seeing the night life, and the casino and the other restaurants in the area would be fantastic," said Little.

And most people agree, this project could bring waves of boaters to the Dubuque area.

"It's always nice to have an addition to a boating community as long as it's professionally run and it's going to attract boaters into the city," said Pretusky.

Certainly something worth thinking about on a cold sunny day in February.

The marina project at Ice Harbor will have electricity, water and shower facilities. The project is in the environmental review stage. Construction could begin this summer.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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