One of the biggest selling points of Newfane and Olcott Beach as a tourism destination is Lake Ontario and the surrounding fishing areas. Upkeep is important and Scott Scheffler is well aware of that. You may not know Scott yet, but you will. He was named the Town of Newfane’s new Marina director late last year and has been busier that a salmon swimming upstream.
One of Scott’s first orders of business was getting the town marina ready for the 2014 season. Years of wear and tear and the brutal winter of 2014 didn’t help the docks. “(The docks) were in bad shape,” said Scheffler. “Those that were in need of repair are now finished and are in great shape.” Over the coming months and into next year, other docks that need to be fixed will be taken care of.
Scott isn’t a stranger to Newfane and Olcott Beach; he grew up here and knows just how special the area is to natives and visitors, alike. He received his criminal justice degree from Niagara County Community College and is a graduate of Newfane High School. Scott is also a mentor of the school’s robotics team. “Being from here, I’m passionate about seeing our area succeed,” he said. “I want to see us grow further as a tourist destination.”
Fisherman’s Park on Rt. 78 is also getting improved. If you had trouble seeing the signs in the lot, that has changed. “One of the complaints was that folks could not see our signage,” Scott said. “We have a team that is going around and making sure that everything is visible.”
In the past, keeping the fuel stocked and ice in the marina refrigerator was an issue. Not any more. “We are constantly making sure that we have everything boaters and fishermen need for a day out on Lake Ontario,” Scott said.
Speaking of fishing, there are some great events coming up, including the 11th annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament on July 19, Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon. There is also the 5th annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby going on now until July 27.