Marina expansion on hold

While Sunlife Marina continues to operate the boat slips and marina portion of Concord Park at Fort Loudoun Lake, its previously reported plans to expand look to be on hold for now.

Mandi Benedict, constituent services director for Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ office, reported additional Sunlife signs in the park “have been removed and replaced with Knox County Parks and Recreation signs on the real property.

“Knox County will now rent out the pavilions, and we have taken back over maintenance of the property,” Benedict added. “We are currently working with the (County) Law Department, TVA, marina owners and other stakeholders regarding the future of the marina.”

In May, a petition opposing the expansion was started by Concord-area resident and recently retired University of Tennessee professor William L. Seaver.

It gained online traction in addition to support from Taylor Harris, president of the Old Concord Residents Association.

“According to our contact at TVA, it could be a long process, so for now our goal is to stay vigilant and informed on any new developments and await the announcement of a public comment period should TVA accept an application from Knox County for an expansion of Concord Marina,” Harris said in response to the most recent County update.