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Beaver boil advisory lifted – Beckley Register

Beckley Water Co. has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory issued for Ritter Drive in Beaver from Dickey’s to Mountaineer Boat Sales, including all side streets. Also, Blue Jay Drive from Ritter Drive to Rabbit Run in Blue Jay, including all side streets. 

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Boat storage boom

A steel frame has been erected for a 59-foot-tall building in the Lakeport Landing area. The structure, near United Baptist Church, will help fill a rising need for boat storage. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

Businesses see growth in boat sales and storage around Lakes Region


LACONIA — The success of the boat sales and storage industry can be seen in a 100,000-cubic-foot building taking shape at Lakeport Landing Marina.

Workers have constructed the steel frame of a structure that, at 59 feet tall, is only 1 foot shorter than the allowable height in the commercial district. It will replace and be about 25 feet taller than a wooden boat storage building that used to occupy the site.

City Manager Scott Myers said there appears to be a shortage of boat storage facilities in a region with all kinds of access to the water.

“There is a growing demand,” he said. “People prefer to have indoor storage.”

When the weather turns cold, people need to get their boats off the water, but even during the season, many people place their boats in storage when they are not in use.

Lakeport Landing also sells boats, of course, and is making plans for a sparkling new showroom at the old Lakeport Fire Station. It purchased the property from the city last month for $385,000, down from an original purchase offer of $475,000. The price was reduced because of issues that surfaced at the site, including asbestos tiles, lead paint and an underground oil tank, Myers said.

An L-shaped glass-enclosed display space will wrap around the front and west side of the fire station. The station itself will be visible through the glass and will house office and storage space and an area commemorating its history.

Meanwhile, Irwin Marine plans to purchase for about $500,000 other city-owned property nearby, where Lakeport Landing now has its showroom. Lakeport Landing has been using the property under a long-term lease, and Irwin was the winning bidder to buy the land when the lease’s expiration neared.

Irwin Marine’s main facilities are along Union Avenue, but the company is in an expansion mode.

Irwin Marine President Bruce Wright said it has plans to enlarge its boat storage facilities with projects on Blaisdell Avenue on the border of Laconia and Gilford. He said the company already has the ability to store 2,200 boats at various locations across the state.

“The business is steadily increasing,” he said. “The economy is part of it, and we do a good job with our storage and service programs. We are in a growth phase at this point.”

Boat sales have been trending up statewide and nationwide.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the U.S. boating industry is seeing some of its highest sales in nearly a decade. Unit sales of new powerboats increased 6 percent in 2016, reaching 247,800 boats sold, and are expected to increase an additional 6 percent in 2017.

“Economic factors, including an improving housing market, higher employment, strong consumer confidence, and growing disposable income, are creating a golden age for the country’s recreational boating industry,” said Thom Dammrich, the association’s president.

Total expenditures on powerboats, engines, trailers and accessories in New Hampshire reached $175.4 million in 2016, compared to $109 million in 2012.
The boating community is also front and center in the latest real estate trend in the area, high-priced luxury condominiums that offer views of the water and slips for boats.

Four of these condos are going in on what used to be the parking lot for a Burger King on Union Avenue. The restaurant closed and its building is now used by Watermark Marine. Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club is adjacent to the project site, which is also near a Paugus Bay Marina showroom.

Two miles north along the bay shore, developers purchased a 1950s-era motel on 3.2 acres of land and knocked it down to make way for 16 duplex town homes priced at about $600,000 each. A beach and boat slips were selling points for those who snapped up the units at Christmas Island.

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Boil advisory issued for parts of Beaver – Beckley Register

Beckley Water Co. has issued a precautionary boil water advisory effective immediately for Ritter Drive in Beaver from Dickey’s to Mountaineer Boat Sales, including all side streets. Also, Blue Jay Drive from Ritter Drive to Rabbit Run in Blue Jay, including all side streets. 

This notice is being issued due to a broken main line.

Pineville Municipal Water has issued an advisory from Iris Street, Gulf Fork Road and Appalachian Highway only due to a iine break on Gulf Fork Road.

Customers are advised to bring all water to a full rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and let cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

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Putting ‘fish’ back into Fisherman’s Wharf — sales to start this weekend

Many other California harbors allow direct fish sales, but San Francisco hasn’t since 2000. That changed on Sept. 12, when the Port decided to revive the policy, thanks in great part to a campaign from Pennisi and others at the Wharf looking for ways to augment their income. The Port is allowing a one-year pilot program for retail sales at a limited part of the harbor and only to San Francisco fishermen, with Port officials comparing it to a farmers’ market for fish.

“We hope we get a lot of people coming down,” said Pennisi, a third-generation San Francisco and Monterey fisherman. “Anyone that really knows fish knows that the first couple days after the fish comes out of the water it has a really, really good flavor and texture.”

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Some seafood purveyors at the wharf have expressed concern about the program because the fishermen, who will be allowed to sell only whole, gutted fish, will face fewer regulations than wholesalers — whose health requirements are higher because they process and store filleted fish, which are more vulnerable to contamination.

“On my wall I have probably 10 to 15 licenses,” said Dan Strazzullo, co-founder and principal of All Shores Seafood Brokerage on Pier 45 and Peninsula Seafood Market in San Bruno. “I’ve got licenses that doctors don’t have.”

Strazzullo is also a third-generation seafood seller who co-founded his company in 1975 — and whose father ran a crab stand at the wharf for decades before that — said his facility is inspected and regulated by city, state, county and federal agencies.

The Port won’t be in charge of regulating the boat sales, which will fall under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and San Francisco’s departments of public health and environment, said Michael Nerney, maritime marketing manager at the Port.

Other details are still being hammered out. Pennisi will be the only one to sell from the wharf at first and will probably be the most consistent seller because he already has a license to sell his ground fish — the category that includes rockfish and sand dabs — while most other locals are fishing salmon, whose season may end before they have time to finalize the paperwork for direct sales.

“Everybody’s depending on us to get this going,” said Pennisi, who will announce the days that he, and eventually other fishers, plan to sell at the wharf at

Pennisi plans to catch sand dabs and sablefish (also known as black cod), long-nose skates, Petrale sole, English sole and all manner of rockfish in his light-touch trawler, as it’s called by the Monterey Fisheries Trust.

“There’s about 60 types of rockfish — I’m going to try to get chilipepper rockfish and bocaccios and green spots and green stripes,” said Pennisi, who added that the different types of fish he is targeting are at around 350 to 600 feet deep this time of year.

He will sell the whole gutted fish (filleting the fish is not allowed at the boat) for $2 to $5 per pound, depending on the type of fish and the size; sablefish could cost up to $7 per pound. Pennisi said he’s able to sell at those prices because he is used to earning an average of only 40 cents a pound at wholesale.

That’s a major reason he would prefer selling more of his fish to the public and less to wholesalers, especially as the cost of regulation on the ground fish fishery is so high.

“In our industry, it’s really hard to compete with all these foreign imports,” he said. “Building a relationship with the public would be more stable for us.”

Strazzullo said that the federal quotas on trawled fish are what make it difficult, not low prices. But he welcomes having more visibility and accessibility to the vibrant seafood trade at the wharf, which is mostly tucked away on Pier 45, out of sight of the tourist area.

“Isn’t it a shame that all of this is going on and it’s hidden? I don’t think drugs are as hidden,” he said. “Fisherman’s Wharf shouldn’t be called Fisherman’s Wharf, it should be called T-shirt Wharf.”

The Pioneer will sell fish from about 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday from its berth on Pier 47/Al Scoma Way, in front of Scoma’s Restaurant.

Tara Duggan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @taraduggan

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