Hammond, Indiana, Marina effectively destroyed
About two weeks ago the local newspaper carried an article announcing that the Hammond Marina would close for the 2007 season and that all 900+ boats would have to leave and find new summer and winter slips/storage. (I have yet to recieve anything from the marina itself although I have a 34' sailboat slip there that has been paid for.) This is due to the enlargement of a gambling casino there, and the Mayor of Hammond has made it clear that boat owners are to be given no consideration and they can just go find somewhere else to put their boat. The yacht club will be destroyed and parking greatly reduced as well.
In Lake Michigan I doubt there are 900 slips available, and certainly not within a reasonable distance of this marina. Boat owners are therefore advised not to count on the Hammond marina in your future plans since they are totally irresponsible in their attitude towards the boatowners who have paid millions of dollars over the years to fund this marina. As the saying goes, "don't get mad, get even." Don't ever pay another dime to the city of Hammond to use their marina, take their advise, go somewhere else . . . and stay there.