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Another hot start for the coast and the lakes. With moisture in place, we could see a repeat of the isolated showers and t-storms as we saw yesterday. Highs today will again reach the lower 90's. By Friday and through the weekend, we will see the moisture out and hot temps on the rise. Look for mid and upper 90's by Sunday and Monday.
Pleasure Island Marina grand opening after Hurricane Ike
PLEASURE ISLAND - by Lauren Huet
The Pleasure Island Marina officially opened today, years after Hurricane Ike destroyed it. To celebrate, the Texas Mariners Cruising Association is having its annual Spring Fling at the marina this Weekend. The Port Arthur Yacht Club hopes the event helps fill the marina with boats again.
John Ardoin is one of the founding members of the Port Arthur Yacht Club.
"In fact, I owned my first sailboat before I owned my first house," chuckled Ardoin.
He says the marina means a lot to him.
"Well, this has just about been my life, because I've had a boat in this marina since 1965," said Ardoin.
He remembers the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
"It broke my heart," said Ardoin.
Almost all of the boats in the marina were destroyed. So was the marina. It's a sight every club member remembers.
"Yes, they were up on the wall over there," said Greg Lynd, a member of the Port Arthur Yacht Club. "There were like 250 boats that were just up against that thing."
"It was devastating,"said the Vice Commodore of the Port Arthur Yacht Club, Mike Wise, "you see these thigns on the news and on TV, but until you're actually standing in the middle of it, it really sinks in."
Before Hurricane Ike, the docks were stationary, now they're floating docks. The docks and boats can rise and lower with the water level, greatly increasing the chance of the marina and the boats surviving a hurricane. The new marina can hold 300 boats, and the chairman of the Pleasure Island Commission hopes to fill it up.
"Once you get past 150 to 200 boats in here, someone will build a restaurant, someone will build a tackle shop," said Chairman Terry Doyle. "As it builds up over time it will become a more significant economic factor in the community."
This weekend's Spring Fling 2014 could help bring in new boaters.
"It has opened the door to let the rest of the boating community on the Gulf Coast know we're back and we're open for business," said Wise.
And, it's a chance to show off their new marina.
"Never thought I would see such an improvement," said Ardoin. "Since 1965 when I put my first boat in here and built my own slip, then to come out here and see this, the floating docks and all this first class stuff. It's just beautiful."
A beautiful sight, especially for those who remember Ike. The Spring Fling 2014 Pleasure Island Rendezvous is drawing hundreds of boats and boaters from along the Gulf Coast to the new marina. There will be a night sailing race, boating events, water events, a trade show with vendors, and live music. It ends on Sunday.