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Goodbye Rock & Dock: North Coast Harbor has new Oasis marina manager

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 5/29/2020 By Laura Johnston, cleveland.com
a group of people on a boat in the water: The Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show brought nearly 100 boats downtown. © Laura Johnston, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS The Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show brought nearly 100 boats downtown.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- You can’t rent a kayak in North Coast Harbor anymore, as the Rock and Dock marina downtown has been replaced by Oasis Marinas.

Oasis Marinas will oversee the day-to-day management of the 53-slip transient marina, which has welcomed Great Lakes boaters and Browns tailgaters since 2014. Oasis will also handle activities, facilities and grounds maintenance, marketing activities, new development, and more in the harbor behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Recreational rentals are a future possibility, said North Coast Harbor project manager Jessica Kerr, but for now the kayaks, paddleboats and Jet Skis are gone. (You can still rent kayaks, boats and personal watercraft at Great Lakes Watersports in the Flats.)

This will be the Maryland company’s third marina in the Great Lakes.

“The Great Lakes offer boaters endless destinations, Cleveland being a staple. We look forward to working with the City of Cleveland and North Coast Harbor to bring exceptional service and hospitality to boaters visiting the city," said Oasis founder Dan Cowens.

Oasis Marinas at North Coast Harbor is now taking reservations for the 2020 boating season, through Snag-A-Slip, at www.snagaslip.com.

Nearly 200,000 people visited North Coast Harbor last year.

Downtown’s first playground was built there last fall and should open once the state ends playground closures. Lakefront volleyball and kickball leagues could start in late July at Voinovich Park.

The whole harbor will be more connected once construction begins next year on a $17 million pedestrian drawbridge across the harbor that should open in June 2022.

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