There is no public access to the water for Charleston city peninsula boaters. Contrary to recent articles in The Post and Courier citing the city’s interest in public access to the water, nothing has been done for boaters. Public boating access was provided when the city first acquired the Charleston City Municipal Marina, now the George Lockwood Marina, but since leasing it, the Beach Company has not maintained the public boat ramp. Now it would probably take an act of Congress to reopen it.

Evidently, the city administration lacked the foresight or ignored the public boating interests of taxpaying peninsula residents when the marina was leased.

Now to launch a boat, peninsula residents must go elsewhere. That certainly does not speak well of our city’s claimed interest in public access to the water.

Fred Kinard, Jr

Huger Street

Charleston