Tega Cay residents filled the Tega Cay council meeting room on July 24th to participate in a special session. The topic was the proposed Hidden Harbor Marina to be located in the Lake Shore subdivision of Tega Cy. The council voted no to the marina plan. This would have been the second Tega Cay Marina.
So why did the council vote no? Most Lake Wylie marinas are full with waiting lists. You would think this was a good deal for Tega Cay. As it turns out the proposed 32 slip marina must meet Duke Energy’s shoreline management rules. The marina must be a true public marina but there is a hitch. The rule further states that a bordering development can not use the marina. That means Lake Shore residents could not use the marina. Lake Shore is home for approx 40% of Tega Cay residents.
The shoreline management rule was put in place in 2006. It’s too bad Newland, the company who developed Lake Shore, or Tega Cay that took over Lake Shore after Newland left in 2005 did not apply for a marina at that time.
Most Lake Shore residents I spoke with about this issue were opposed to the rule and did not want the marina with the restrictions. Lake Shore residents would gain non-resident traffic without the marina benefit. I am not surprised that there was a large turn out for the special council meeting. Some Lake Shore residents questioned if the council would have voted no without the large Lake Shore resident turnout. Based on some of the negative comments made by the Tega Cay council members about the Duke shoreline management rule it would seem they were frustrated by the rule too.