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ANCHORS AWEIGH

June 25, 2020 - 06:00
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Marina grand opening slated for fall

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    A crew of workers from Southeast Outdoor Solutions digs a ditch near the front of the property. LEE COLEMAN/Staff
  • ANCHORS AWEIGH
    A Southeast Outdoor Solutions excavator and a dump truck put the finishing touches on a plat as part of the overall grading plan. LEE COLEMAN/Staff

Patience is a human trait that can be stretched deep and wide, up and down. Some would say patience is a virtue. In the case of starting a new business and getting it ready for turnkey, well, patience will be tried. Above and beyond, side to side.

Josh and Lauren Sprayberry, lake dwellers of sorts since childhood, grew up with an absolute affinity for being on the water, and as they would soon find out, that affinity was actually a well entrenched passion. As a result, they started looking for ways to invest in a business where the lake would be at the center of their lives.

As fate would have it, in the summer of 2018, a call to a local realtor led to a contract within two weeks for the purchase of Jerry’s Bait and Tackle on Highway 44 in Eatonton. “Lauren’s family had a boat

“Lauren’s family had a boat and frequented Lake Oconee as a kid,” Josh said. “My family’s vacations as a kid were spent on West Point Lake, and I came to Lake Oconee quite a bit in high school with friends. I always wanted a lake house.”

Two weeks before they got married, Lauren and Josh purchased a boat and started spending a lot of their spare time on the lake. Within eight months, they found the lot that will be where they live full time.

In July of 2018, the Sprayberrys went to contract on the business property and closed in January 2019. Since that time, it has been a rigorous process including working with Georgia Power, variance issues, litigation surrounding the possible incorrect advertising of zoning requests, the appeals process and permitting. As such, patience and

As such, patience and innate perseverance have paved the way to today, where ground has been broken and Brandon Burgess of Landmark Construction has embarked on a five-week initiative to complete the grading. Steel is scheduled to go into

Steel is scheduled to go into the ground within the next two weeks with the grand opening of Anchors Marina slated for October. In addition to a 250-boat dry dock capacity, fuel will be available on water and land at 90 octane to accommodate 16 day slips, 13 truck and trailer parking slots and a two-lane forklift ramp.

“We will have at least 10 year-round marina employees,” Josh said. “We’ve already had several discussions with marine operators, some of them the best in the business. The building will be regal nautical blue and white, and it will be one of the better looking marinas around. We will absolutely go the extra mile for our customers.”

In the front of the building greeting guests will be a Ship Store selling drinks, snacks, apparel and boating necessities. Anchors does not intend to sell any live bait.

“We intend to offer concierge services that are offered via mobile apps including boat launch, refueling and delivery,” Lauren said. “Anchors Marina will also have packages to make sure your family doesn’t get hungry on the water and stays hydrated. We look forward to serving the families of Lake Oconee and being a part of everyone’s lake days.”

For more information regarding boat storage reservations and general questions, please email info@anchorsmarina.com or visit www. anchorsmarina.com.