RV park residents near closed Lake Tyler Marina able to stay

RV park residents near closed Lake Tyler Marina able to stay

TYLER (KYTX) -  After days of uncertainty, people who live near the Lake Tyler Marina are relieved to hear they will not be kicked off the land.

The City of Tyler pulled the lease from the marina's managers last week. The managers have run the marina since 2005 and Thursday afternoon, they closed the doors.

Sharla Wyatt lives right across the parking lot from the marina, where she's worked for the last four and a half years.


"Thursday was my last day," she says.

Now, she's out of a job.

"And I have two granddaughters that live with me," she says.

Even though she's worried about being unemployed, she can't say she's surprised the city pulled the marina's lease.

"I know the city's been in here leaving letters, and posting them on [the manager's] door," Wyatt says.

City of Tyler Utilities Director Greg Morgan says he's been battling the marina managers for years over old buildings he says had fallen into disrepair.

"It's mainly to protect the health and safety of the public using the marina. It also had to do with documentation of the volume of sales that were going on out there," Morgan says.

When Morgan pulled the lease last week, the managers filed for a temporary restraining order and injunction to try to stay open. Judge Kennedy with the 114th district court denied both Wednesday.

When the "closed" sign went up, rumors spread throughout the RV park next door, that everyone had to leave. Morgan confirms that is not true.

"I can't stress enough, we have no immediate plans. We're not making any changes to the RVs at this time," Morgan says.

"That's great. That's a relief," Wyatt says.

The city is working with the Citizen's National Bank to transfer all utilities so the RV residents continue to get septic service, water and electricity. 

The former marina manager has until April 15 to leave the space. CBS 19 spoke to him Monday, but he says because of ongoing legal issues, he cannot go on camera about the situation.

As for Wyatt, she's hoping the marina will be back in business soon, not only so she can get a new job, but for all the boaters who depend on it for gas. 

The gas pumps are not in service right now but Morgan says he's trying to get them in service by early next week. 

If you have any questions about the marina, gas, or paying rent in that area, call the City of Tyler Utilities Department at (903) 531-1231.




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