Locked Up State Marina, Expected to Re-Open

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 11:41 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 11:41 PM EDT

Big Six Mile Marina in Grand Island boasts 134 seasonal slips, world class fishing, a boat launch and gas depot, but this year it remains locked up. Boat owners and slip renters were sent a letter by the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation back in April, stating the marina would not be available for use after May 8th because of structural problems with the docking supports.

"We were told it was only going to be a couple of weeks but as it turns out, nothing was done," said Grand Island Resident Jim Mazza.

To make matters worse, just around the corner on on West River Road, residents look out their windows to see overgrown grass close to four feet tall. The property is owned and maintained by the state. Many residents are now mowing the grass themselves, worried the lack of visibility could be dangerous on nearby roads.

"The grass has not yet been cut this year and it's looking like it won't be cut for some time to come," said West River Road Resident Tony Buscaglia "It poses a danger to children passing over the road, so were very concerned."

New York State Senator Antoine Thompson late Monday evening told Eyewitness News the state has come up with the money to fix Big Six Mile Marina so it can open, and cut the grass along West River Road.