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Deal spares Jordan Lake marina from wrecking ball

Posted March 6, 2012

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— The longtime operator of the only marina on Jordan Lake has decided not to tear out the marina's infrastructure after reaching a sales agreement with the firm that will take over marina operations in May.

John Norton's firm recently won a 30-year lease from the state to run Crosswinds Marina, at 565 Farrington Road in Apex, at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

The move prompted longtime operator Albert Urquhart to order all boats out of the marina by March 31 so he could remove the infrastructure he had installed over the years, including docks, fuel pumps and other facilities.

Urquhart told boat owners that he would rather demolish the marina than accept what he considered to be a low-ball offer from Norton for the infrastructure.

Norton said Tuesday that the two sides have reached an agreement on a seamless transition at Crosswinds. Boat owners will soon get new leases on slips that will take effect April 1, he said.

The deal comes days after state officials urged Norton and Urquhart to compromise so that the marina could remain in operation and boat owners wouldn't have to incur the expense and trouble of removing their craft and find storage for them until new docks could be built.

Norton has said his company plans to revitalize the area, add training courses, boat rentals, a café, an observation deck and picnic area.


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  • annie2toby Mar 8, 2012

    The new lease is 20 years not 30. No one in their right mind would donate their personal property to the state. The original lease read all property be removed or given to the state. If beachboater would like to donate his car or house to the NC goverment go ahead. The state lease with the Army Core of Engineering runs out in 20 years maybe the core will wait nine months till the end before talks begin.

  • billy2 Mar 7, 2012

    Good work, Bo.

  • beachboater Mar 7, 2012

    A second marina would be an excellent idea.

    When someone makes leasehold improvements, they know they only hold thet lease for a set amount of time. He had 30 years to recover his investment. I imagine that those docks were built with the knowledge that the lease ended in March of 2012. If not, the former lessee made a bad business decision and it should cost him.

  • cwood3 Mar 7, 2012

    GOOD!!! Just maybe-everybody comes out winning. I hope so.

    North Carolina created this problem with their authorized monopoly. Maybe we need a second marina to keep everything competitive.

  • luvabigdog Mar 7, 2012

    How much taxpayers money was spent so people can amuse themselves with their toys? Just sayin.....

  • Shelley Cooper Mar 7, 2012

    state officials urged the compromise

    yeah, the state will work together on something when all of the fat cats on both sides have to spend money, in this case, moving their boats

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 7, 2012

    Well played!

  • Riddickfield Mar 7, 2012

    Yea, he played hardball and won. Its not like we didn't see this coming.

  • luvbailey Mar 6, 2012

    Good decision Albert. Now take the money and enjoy your retirement!

  • davisgw Mar 6, 2012

    Instead of the state creating and supporting a monoply there should be at least two marina's on the lake.