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Outer Cove Marina to be closed on Sept. 30

(Office of the Governor) — Secretary of Lands and Natural Resources Anthony T. Benavente has announced the closure of the Outer Cove Marina or OCM on Sept. 30, 2019 due to safety concerns and for rehabilitation efforts to improve the site for future public use.

Following recommendations by the Office of the Public Auditor and the Department of Public Works, Secretary Benavente noted that the entirety of the OCM and all existing agreements will be terminated until further notice.

Secretary Benavente expressed that after the closure of OCM, assessment and planning for the marina’s rehabilitation will begin.

“We want to ensure the safety and security of the tenants, operators, agents, and the general public by closing down the marina as DLNR moves forward on rehabilitation efforts. We ask for the community’s patience as we improve one of our island’s most popular sites to better accommodate events for the public,” said Secretary Benavente.

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He adds that during this time, all OCM tenants, operators, and agents must submit:

  • • User waiver of liability by or before September 4, 2019 by visiting the Smiling Cove Marina office or the DLNR office in Lower Base. This waiver will allow for the continued usage of OCM until September 30, 2019 at 12 p.m. Failure to submit the user waiver will result in immediate eviction;
  • • Updated company record to include mailing address, contact persons, and accounts within the OCM as well as vessels for accounts collection with the Attorney General’s Office;
  • • Relocation arrangements must be made immediately for the berthing of vessels as well as loading and unloading of passengers.

For more information on this closure or to schedule an appointment, contact 322-9834 or email or Augustin Kaipat at