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Carroll Campbell Jr. Marina opens in Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - After 14 years in the making, the Carroll Campbell Jr. Marina is officially open to the public in Georgetown.

Eric Heiden is a charter boat captain in Georgetown. He says this marina couldn't have come at a better time.

"This is like a sunburst of light and color and development," said Heiden.

It cost $6.6 million to build and is the largest public boat landing in the state, complete with six grooved ramps for easy access in and out the water.

"The sheriff got his boat in and didn't bottom out and it's a very low tide," said Heiden.

The marina's parking area can hold 200 trucks with trailers attached, making it a perfect location for recreational fishermen and boat shows as well as freshwater and saltwater fishing tournaments. Once you enter the Sampit River, you head left for freshwater and right for saltwater -- it's just about three miles to reach the ocean.

Governor Campbell, the namesake of the new marina, lived just a few miles from the landing.  He started the Governor's Cup fishing tournament series in 1989 to promote conservation, education, and research. Although he died before the landing was complete, his family was there for Monday's ribbon cutting. The Chief of Staff for the Department of Natural Resources says Campbell was a sportsman as well as a statesman.

"One of the reasons he brought BMW here, and was able to convince them to come here, was our natural resources," said Don Winslow.

And now the marina will continue that legacy as an economic driver for the county and the state.

Campbell was Governor from 1987-1995. He died in 2005 and his son, Carroll Campbell III, says he's sure his father would be proud.

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