New marina comes to Mannford's Keystone Lake, businesses booming

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Updated: 4/12/2013 9:29 am Published: 4/11/2013 10:26 pm

Business owners surrounding Mannford’s Keystone Lake are looking forward to lake goers this Memorial Day with the new Cross Timbers resort style marina. 

“The new marina is going to bring us so much more business this season,” said Jiffy Trip employee Emily Harness. 

“We put in more gas pumps last summer for all the boats so we are hoping those will be enough for this year with the crowds coming out to see the new marina.”

Cross Timbers developers have completed phase one of the $2.5 million marina.  The marina will have a park-like feel to it and its phase one includes 130 boat slips, at the end of the construction it will have 450 slips, a floating restaurant, the largest one Oklahoma has ever scene, and rental boats. 

“The real key is having a world class marina,” said Cross Timbers developer Ron Howell. 

Howell is excited by the community’s interest in the marina already.

“Every available lot within the city limits of Mannford, that’s about 110 lots, and all of them are sold  and of those 25-30 new homes are being built.  Of course some of that was exasperated by the wild fires.  A McDonalds is going right near the outskirts of the lake in Mannford and another new restaurant.”

Howell quotes the Mannford mayor and the city manager as saying the marina is the “single most import economic development in Mannford’s history” and that goes back about 80 years. 

“That is being proven by the new businesses,” said Howell. 

With more than 200,000 registered boaters in the state Howell is confident business will continue to grow at the new marina. 

It opens on Memorial Day. 

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