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Ribbon cutting held for new marina and plaza in Port of Dubuque

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Weather conditions along the Mississippi River are impacting recreational activities.  Thursday, the city closed the Ice Harbor flood gates due to the continued rising of the Mississippi River. The closing of the flood gates made the Port of Dubuque's marina boat docks inaccessible to boaters.  Those closed gates didn't stop the city from holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Port of Dubuque Marina and Mississippi Plaza located in the Port of Dubuque Saturday.

"If there were boats parked here in the marina Saturday it would have been a back drop that really would have been picture perfect moments. But unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate." Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol said.

Marina O'Rourke-Rosenow and her husband have been boating ever since they were married nearly 30 years ago. The couple is excited to dock their boat at the new facility in the near future.

"We have boated from Dubuque to Minneapolis and back and there is no facility that matches this." Tony Rosenow said.

The marina is home to 70 transient boat slips which are designed to fit different boat lengths and contain water and electrical hook-ups as well as a fuel dock and sanitary pump-out facilities. The marina's landslide facilities include restrooms, dockside shower suites, a laundry facility, marina management facilities, and a ship store. The store will contain marine-related supplies and accessories, connivance store goods and tourism information for boaters. Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol believes the new marina and Mississippi Plaza will increase tourism to the downtown area of Dubuque.

"It's right here next to the Dubuque Mississippi River Museum Plaza, the museum and aquarium, all the amenities in the Port of Dubuque, and you are within walking distance of our downtown and all those amenities." Buol said.

The new Mississippi Plaza located in the Port of Dubuque will guide visitors of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium from one building to the next. The outdoor plaza teaches visitors history about the Mississippi River including various activities for children and families. The plaza also features live animal displays of a red-tail hawk and two American bald eagles.

"There are a lot of amenities that children can use and interact with and just enjoy what happens up and down the river." Buol said.

The O'Rourke-Rosenows believe the port is just something you shouldn't miss.

"The quality of the docks, the access to our downtown Dubuque, the museum other recreational opportunities here...It is just an absolutely remarkable facility." Tony Rosenow said.


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