The newly formed Buzzard Point Marina Boat Owners Association has created an online petition asking the National Park Service to reconsider its decision to shutter the dock along the Anacostia River in Southwest.
The association, which boat owner Fred Mashack started earlier this month, has collected more than 80 signatures to “Save DC’s Buzzard Point Marina!” since its petition went up on Change.org yesterday. The National Park Service, the owner of the land under the marina, has told owners of the 58 boats docked at the facility that the agency would close it by the end of the year.
The petition says many boat owners who use Buzzard Point wouldn’t have the money to pay for more costly docking at nearby marinas.
“Buzzard Point is an historic D.C. marina dating over 50 years and has allowed D.C. boaters easy access to the water and to affordable boating for generations,” the petition says. “There are few other affordable and accessible nearby options for Buzzard Point boaters in D.C. to dock their 58 boats, which will likely force many to sell or move farther outside the District.”
Photo via Change.org/Buzzard Point Marina Boat Owners Association