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Wakeboard Demo Clinic at Blue Creek Marina

(Photo courtesy of Singleton Marine)

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(Photo courtesy of Singleton Marine)

The Wakeboard Clinic at Blue Creek Marina this summer was fun!  If you hear about one of these events at the Lake – GO!  It is the perfect activity for a warm summer day and the clinic is open for all levels of experience.

And in case you were wondering – the answer is no, that is not me showing off my awesome wakeboarding skills.  But my sons did learn some new acrobatic maneuvers and we want to say a big THANK YOU to Singleton Marine on Lake Martin for hosting the Liquid Force Wakeboard Demo Clinic at their location – Blue Creek Marina.

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Labor Day Cornhole Tournament at The Landing

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Come have some great family fun at the Cornhole Tournament being held at The Landing at Parker Creek – Lake Martin on Labor Day Monday, September 5th at Noon!

Two ways to sign up – Sign up here

or at The Landing!

No entry free!

Cash prizes awarded per team!  1st place – $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50!

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What? You’ve never played cornhole? Just learn a few cornhole terms and you will be yelling “Let’s toss some!” before you know it.  For starters a slider is when the bean bag (or bag filled with corn) slides into the hole.  A swish is when the bag lands straight into the hole.  A Sally is a toss made a little too short – it lands on the ground before reaching the actual board.  And an Eddie the Eagle is when the bag goes beyond the board without hitting the board.  Oops.

Let me end on this note – like Herb Winches, owner of The Landing and longtime Birmingham sportscaster likes to say, “Hit ’em straight!

Google Maps location for The Landing at Parker Creek

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Lake Martin Amphitheater Aerial Tour

Have you ever been to the Lake Martin Amphitheater? If not, check out the above video.

The Lake Martin Amphitheater – aka The Amp – is located just south of Kowaliga Bridge on Alabama Highway 63. The street address is 8878 Kowaliga Rd, Eclectic, AL 36024. You turn in on a dirt road entrance off of highway 63. They have parking in the field before you get there.

The Amp is the host of many concerts (not to mention the annual Fourth of July Fireworks) throughout the year at Lake Martin. The venue is incredible! It’s really cool to bring your towels and lawn chairs and sit on the grass to be entertained by some great music with Lake Martin in the background. If you would like a schedule of what’s going on at the Amp, please see their website here: The AmpTicket prices for events vary widely, so be sure to visit their site or call (256) 329-0835  for the latest info. 

I am just a real estate agent! So please don’t call me and expect me to sell you tickets to a concert!

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Why choose Lake Martin?

Why choose Lake Martin?

George and Lea had been looking for years to find that perfect spot for a vacation home.  Once they found their Lake they knew they could find their home.  Watch the video above to see why George and Lea call Lake Martin a destination, a happening place with a resort feel.  

They loved that Lake Martin was so big and beautiful with so many places to eat with access by water or land. For example, below is a video that I made a few years ago about How to Get to Catherine’s Market and Spring House Restaurant by boat.

If you want to keep up with new restaurants in the area, or just find a new place to grab a bite to eat, check out our “Eats” tab on the Lake Martin Voice Realty App.  The App will also help you know about Events, Shopping, Marinas, Weather and Water Level and of course help you find your new home at Lake Martin!

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Lake Martin Water Levels: A Different Perspective

Note from John Coley: “As most will know, I am very happy that Lake Martin was granted a new winter water level of 484’ MSL (483 MD). I have written extensively about my support for this. However, it is interesting to note that a few folks around the lake have a different perspective. One of those is my friend Scott Henderson of Henderson and Coker, Inc., a local construction company. Scott penned this essay below to offer another opinion on the subject. My blog and business might be called “Lake Martin Voice,” – but I don’t claim to be THE ONLY voice of Lake Martin, just A voice. Also, since we are in the middle of a (in my opinion) very nasty national campaign season, I thought this would be a good time to present another view in a calm and rational way. I thank Scott for his thought provoking, candid opinion below.”

Want to hear a different perspective on the new low pool level for Lake Martin? 

As you know we install seawalls and sometimes build piers “in the dry”.  This seawall season; I looked at replacing several wooden walls as I do every year.  As of January 20th when the new licensing went into effect and the water began to rise to the new low level several changes within our operation changed with it.  Our normal strategy in completing our work load of seawall is to begin constructing the shorter walls as the lake recedes.  As the lake drops to its lowest level we construct the taller walls up to 10 feet tall in the past.  Unfortunately for us and a few of our clients; we were unable to build the taller walls this season.  The taller wooden walls that we intended to replace were never in the dry.  In other words; we couldn’t remove the existing walls nor could we begin the work by digging a footing because those beaches were under water.  No big deal, right?  My company loses the potential revenue but in reality; that is of no concern other than for the principal owners of my company.  The good thing for us is that seawalls are only 10% of our annual sales. There are other concerns, not only for us but for several property owners around the lake.  The walls that we were to replace are in terrible shape.  The wood has failed over time as any wood does when exposed to extreme temperature swings when out of the water. The lake water itself takes its toll on the wood over time which is apparent in noticing how many piers are replaced on Lake Martin year after year.  Piers are not subjected to the hydro static pressure that a wall is subjected to.  Rain water swells the soil  which pushes against the wood wall weakening the structure.  Gravel can be put behind the wall where allowed to reduce the pressure but walls are typically backfilled with material from the lake bed.  It is of my opinion that the only materials that will hold up to the pressure is concrete and steel.

With that said; those walls that we were unable to get to will most likely end up in the lake floating aimlessly until coming to rest in some slough with other debris such as driftwood or garbage.  Hopefully, the wood from the wall will not end up being a hazard for a boater or skier.  There are a few other contractors that install walls and I would think that they have several jobs that they were unable to do.

So what happens with the land that was once protected by the wooden seawall?  It is my understand that the lake will only be dropped 10 feet every five years.  After the wall fails completely; the property behind the failed wall will continue to erode away and it too will end up in beautiful Lake Martin.  Unfortunately for the property owner; I would think that the loss of property translates into the loss of value.  One wall in particular that I looked at replacing actually had fissures behind it where the soil is giving way with the wall five feet or so behind it.  That means that rather than the soil slowly eroding away; once the wall fails completely, that five feet of embankment will cave off entirely into the lake.

Is there a way to keep us from losing our valuable property?  What about rip rap?  Alas, a simple inexpensive way to protect our shoreline under most any circumstance!  With the water up, it can be placed from above the embankment, right?  It can, but not in some particular cases.  What contractor will place machinery on an embankment that is about to fall?  I know I would not attempt it with our equipment!  What about placing the rip rap from a barge?  It could be done.  The problem with using a barge is that there is a limit to how much material can be transported on a barge.  When placing rip rap by land, it is usually hauled in by large dump trucks and stockpiled on the property being worked or somewhere close to the job, scooped up with machinery, then placed on the embankment.  We do not own a barge yet, but we have rented one from the dock companies and they are understandably expensive to rent.  In doing the math, it is of my assessment that rip rapping by barge would be terribly expensive and a very slow process if achievable.

In some cases rip rap can be places from the top as long as the soil is stable enough to support the necessary machinery.  When placed from the top, it takes room to work.  Sometimes there are trees in the way so the trade off in placing from the top may be losing established trees.

From a contractor prospective; I am not thrilled about the new low pool.  Since I am and have been a part time or full time resident of Lake Martin; I have somewhat mixed emotions about the change.  I am truly for what ever is best for Lake Martin in the long run.  I am just not sure that the rest of the residents are aware of the potential property loss that the new change could bring.  Plus, with the limited access created by the new rule curve, I am not sure how many contractors will continue to stay equipped to build seawalls.  I know that our plan is to continue installing walls and rip rapping where we can.

 

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Interview: StillWaters RA Manager Kevin Eason

Kevin Eason has been the General Manager of the StillWaters Residential Association for several years now.  Kevin is extremely competent and helpful, and the neighborhood has benefited from his expertise.  Recently I sent Kevin an email, asking him some general questions about StillWaters.  In the course of selling waterfront real estate around Lake Martin, I get asked for information I don’t have, and it is really nice to have someone like Kevin to lean on for good answers.  I am extremely grateful for his advice below!  The best way to reach Kevin directly is to call him at his office at 256-825-2990 or see the equally informative StillWaters Residential Association website here: StillWaters RA.

If you would like more info on my site on StillWaters, see the page here.  It includes a live, ever-updated list of every waterfront home for sale and every lot for sale inside StillWaters.  There is also a video tour!

Q: How many total acres are inside StillWaters?  How much of that is waterfront?

A: StillWaters is approximately 2,400 acres and we have 23 miles of private roads.
I do not know how much is waterfront but we have several miles of waterfront.

Q: How many homes are in StillWaters?

A: There are 1,815 property owners in StillWaters. 1,056 residential units, this includes single family homes, condos, and villas. There are 568 single family homes and 488 condos/villas. We also have 14 timeshare units that are not included in the total number of units. During the busy season we have 14 new guests, mostly families, check into the timeshares every Friday.

Q: How many unimproved lots?

A:There are currently 759 vacant lots; however, a few lots are very large and could be subdivided into several more building lots.

Q: What is the breakdown on waterfront lots vs. interior lots that are unimproved?

A: I do not have a breakdown of waterfront to interior lots. I can tell you there are only 14 vacant waterfront lots left, a few are listed for sale by their owners.

Q: What do the homeowner association dues cover?

A: The SWRA annual dues include the maintenance of the private roads, gates, pool, tennis courts, park, and other common areas.

Q: What percentage of your residents are permanent?

A: We think we have approximately 600 permanent residents. This is difficult to determine because a portion of our residents live in StillWaters six months out of the year and then somewhere else the rest of the year. There are 954 registered voters inside StillWaters.

Q: What frequent questions do you get from new or prospective owners?

A: The most frequently asked question by new interior owners concerns access to the water. The marina has plenty of boat slips for rent and you can pay an annual fee to use the boat ramp. We do not have a beach or other access for owners. The most frequently asked question overall is where can I rent more storage space.

Q: And lastly, how are the sales in StillWaters?

A: We had 157 properties sell in StillWaters in 2015, 136 sold in 2014, and 132 sold in 2013.

If you see anything you like in the list above, click on the picture, then click on the star beside it on the MLS list, register, and the MLS will automatically notify me.  Or, you can contact me through this form, you can email me ([email protected]), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862.

 

 

 

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Main Street Farmers Market

Main Street Farmers Market

The Main Street Farmers Market in Alex City will have tomatoes and other locally grown produce and fruit on Saturdays from 7 – 11 AM starting June 11 until October 29.  Located on Broad Street in downtown Alexander City, the Market will also have honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, goat cheese, jellies, herb plants, and much more.

Enjoy the best picks of the garden and real flavors! For better quality at a good price shop the Main Street Farmers Market.

Lewis Grizzard once said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”  Let’s try it and see!

Interested in keeping up with other events around Lake Martin?  Or are you interested in places to eat, homes and lots for sale, where to shop, marinas around the Lake, places to have fun and more?  Check out the free Lake Martin Voice app!

 

 

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Lil’ Calypso Art Fest

Lil Calypso scene from 2015

Lil Calypso Art Fest scene from 2015 at Chucks Marina

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday at Lake Martin?  Enjoy some art!  Mark  your calendars for Saturday, June 11 from 10 – 4 for the Lil’ Calypso Art Fest.  And yes, how about the coincidence – this is the same weekend that you marked your calendar for the Alex City Jazz Festival.  Before going to the Jazz Fest swing by Chuck’s Marina for the 14th annual Lil’ Calypso Art Fest!

Over 50 vendors will set up tents all along the grounds of Chuck’s Marina and shore of Lake Martin.  A wide selection of art will be represented such as handmade jewelry, pottery, folk art, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, handmade furniture, yard art and much more!

While you can come by boat (just don’t expect to see any Banana Boats) or by car – the admission to the show is free. Donations will be accepted for the local Union Volunteer Fire Department.  Some of the members of the Fire Department will be on site to help by running a golf cart shuttle, grilling hot dogs and helping in any way they can!

And of course Chuckwalla’s Pizzeria is serving their famous pizza and subs. Also enjoy live music on the tiki bar deck from 1-4.

For more info call Jane Harris at 334-233-0724 or click here for Chuck’s Marina Facebook page.

For Google Maps location – click here.

Don’t miss anything going on at the Lake!  The best way to keep up with all events at Lake Martin is to download my FREE app, Lake Martin Voice.

 

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New and Improved Floating Dock at Lake Martin

The Alexander City Boat Ramp floating dock on Stowe Ferry Landing has undergone some updates – bumper and deck boards were replaced.  Great news huh?  The picture below from the Alexander City Public Works Facebook page shows the work being done.  Read more here.

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But that is not the only good news for the boat ramp – there will also be a sign welcoming visitors to Alexander City to the area.  Read this article from the Alex City Outlook to learn when the idea originated. Members of  Leadership Lake Martin have adopted the sign project and will also add an enclosed bulletin board with a map of Lake Martin.

Interested in knowing about other boat ramps around Lake Martin? Interested in the current Lake Martin water level? Or Lake Martin area weather?  Also want to keep up with events from around the lake, places to eat, homes and lots for sale, where to shop, marinas around the lake, places to have fun, and more? Check out the Lake Martin Voice app!
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Spring Cleaning Lake Martin On Throw Away Day

Throw Away Day 2016

Ready to do some Spring Cleaning in the Lake Martin area? Join area civic clubs, companies, youth groups and other residents on Saturday, April 23 for a county wide cleanup.  Read about the first ever county wide clean up from the Alex City Outlook.

Interested in a little competition?  Challenge other groups to pick a road or part of town. Call John Thompson (334) 399-3289 to sign up for a certain area or road.  Celebrate at The After Party at Strand Park from 12-3 – free for clean up participants. 

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Pick up bags, orange vests and trash pickers Saturday morning at Alexander City City Hall.

Help us make the Lake Martin area beautiful and clean this Spring!

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