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February 18, 2016

Dear Sweetwater patron,

Happy New Year!

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the site of the former Sweetwater Casino is now under new ownership. We, Michael and Kimberly Iles, of Medford, N.J. have purchased the property, marina and liquor license. The purpose of this letter is to introduce ourselves and inform you of our intentions for the 2016 season and beyond.

Michael and I, along with our sons, Max and Mike, have been seasonal residents of Sweetwater for the past nine years. We fell in love with the area and wish to once again make the iconic Sweetwater Casino property a premier family destination on the Mullica River that we can all be proud of.

This winter, significant improvements are being made so we can better serve you. We are replacing 400 feet of bulkhead and the E and F boat docks and ramps. We are adding a boat ramp and floating Jet Ski docks. Major site cleanup and dead tree removal is ongoing. An indoor kitchen will be added and the roof of the building will be repaired. A large tent with windows, heat and air conditioning will house a double sided-bar and indoor table seating. Additionally, a new larger capacity gasoline tank and fuel dock will be installed. These improvements will be completed by the start of the 2016 Boating Season. We invite you to stop by and see how things are progressing – but be careful, as this is an active construction site with open excavations and heavy equipment.

Work at the site will continue during the course of the 2016 Boating Season. We will be adding a marina member lounge. Most ambitiously, we will begin the design and permitting process for the new marina, restaurant, bar and catering facilities. The plan is to begin the construction in the fall of 2017.

The marina and The Riverdeck Bar will remain open and continue to operate as they have while plans are finalized for the full-service, year-round restaurant, bar and catering facility. At this time we are working with Don and Barb Russel of Donnie Russell’s PIC III and Best in Show Catering to service the Riverdeck kitchen. Donnie and Barb plan to offer a diverse menu including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Entertainment will be added on select Friday nights. We have already added numerous bands to the Saturday and Sunday calendar. The events calendar will be added to our Facebook page, Sweetwater Riverdeck, soon. At this time we are reconstructing the Sweetwater web site and will advise you when it is complete.

As with any undertaking of this magnitude, we realize that this project will not happen overnight. We apologize in advance for any disruptions this project may cause you during the upcoming season.

To show our gratitude, anyone who rents a slip at the marina in 2016 will be locked in to 2016 prices for a period of 36 months. Be sure to take advantage of this limited time offer.

We are excited about this endeavor and look forward to seeing you at The Sweetwater Marina for many years to come.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call me on my cell at 856-287-2213.


Michael & Kimberly Iles