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Marina moves forward for Port of Dubuque

by Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) --The development phase is underway for a marina along the Mississippi River in Dubuque. The riverfront project will offer up to 92 slips for boats for temporary visitors providing direct access to attractions and amenities in the Port of Dubuque.

Wednesday was the first open house allowing for public input on how this project will effect the environment. It's just the start of a project that could put a new spin on tourism in Dubuque.

One of many businesses along the river is the Star Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, located inside the old Dubuque Star Brewery building. Open for just a year, the restaurant is thriving.

"We have a lot of people starting to visit the Port of Dubuque that really like to look at the nostalgia down stairs and enjoy eating at our restaurant," said Sara Burke, Office Manager at Star Brewery.

The new marina is expected to be in the restaurant's backyard, including 92 slips for boats to stop there.

"Where people coming up and down the river can stop, use this as a destination, stop, get out, use the facilities, use the casino, see the sites," project manager John Kretschman said.

The City of Dubuque and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have partnered with JJR of Madison to find the best design for the marina.

"I know there's some environment concerns, primarily with the eagle nesting, eagle roosting that's there," Kretschman said.

That's the purpose of Wednesday's open house, to discuss ways to resolve environmental concerns and move the process forward.

Star Restaurant says the new marina means business.

"I think it'll bring a lot of people that travel up and down the river into our restaurant and they'll get to experience something that we think there is fantastic in Dubuque," Burke said.

Environmental clearance and buy out is expected by December. The design phase should begin in the spring, with construction expected to start this summer.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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