POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 7:04pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:51pm
Whitehouse , TX (KETK) — More than fifty residents live at the Lake Tyler Marina, and they are in shock after finding out this week that the marina's managers have been forced to shut down their business. Residents were concerned after they saw a sign go up Thursday at the marina saying it was 'temporarily closed.' KETK was told the management is hauling everything out.
Some residents are in fear they will lose everything. "I don't deserve this, I don't think any of these people out here deserve this," said Gary Richey was told two days ago that his water and electricity would be shut off on April 15th. "I thought this was a big April fools joke, I could not believe somebody would actually do that," said Richey.
He has lived in East Texas for the majority of his life, and has lived on the lake for five years. "I've been fishing out here since I was a little boy, and really liked it out here, I knew a lot of the people out here because I was always coming out to the marina," said Richey. With all the uncertainties, Richey has decided to leave the property on Saturday. He said he is going to get out while he can.
KETK spoke with other residents who have lived on Lake Tyler for 18 years, and they say they will not leave. "This was there home and just all of a sudden it was all just jerked out from under us and we really don't understand why," said Richey.
Late this afternoon the City of Tyler released a statement saying they have 'terminated the lease agreement with the management team...operating Lake Tyler Marina.' Greg Morgan, managing director of water and utilities, also said they will ensure the continuation of utility and septic service to the marina and surrounding area. City officials also say they will continue to stay in communication with the residents, and while they are working on a plan of action with the Citizens State Bank nothing will be turned off.