Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Watch Out for Lightning at Lake Murray

Spring and Summer are optimal times for Lightning in South Carolina!
I published an eBook in May 2009 titled Lightning Awareness & Safety in South Carolina as a public service.   I'm #2 on a Google Search for "South Carolina lightning."

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.  Pay attention to warnings and take appropriate safety measures.  Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning.  On average, about 60 people are killed each year by lightning in the United States.  

A recent analysis shows that South Carolina ranks #9 in total deaths from lightning in number and per capita.  South Carolina ranks #5 in lightning strikes per state.  Just a few years ago, a boater was killed by lightning on Lake Murray.

Lightning is a serious danger!   When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.
Cool link:  StrikeStarUS - a real time lightning locator network

Mel Coker
Columbia, SC Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Open Now - Lake Murray Amazon Store

It's NEW and NOW OPEN...  Lake Murray's Amazon Store

I buy lots of my stuff from Amazon.  Why?  Amazon has great prices, Earth's largest selection, fast (sometimes free) shipping and helpful product reviews.   Now, I've selected some of my favorite products to place in my Amazon store.    My #1 recommended product?  It's STA-BIL Marine fuel stabilizer and it's available in my store now at a great price.

A preview of the Lake Murray Amazon Store...
(please visit soon - Open 24 hours/365 days a year)

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor & Resident
RE/MAX Metro Associates

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Timberlake Golf Course Lot

View To Middle Of Lot
 Offered for Sale: Timberlake Golf Course Lot with Lake Murray Access 

A double lot on the 4th green of the Timberlake Country Club Golf Course near Chapin, SC is listed for sale at $79,900.  This lot is priced to sell!

The lot size is .90 acre.  This beautiful lot is wooded and slightly sloping which makes it ideal for a walkout basement home.   The backside of the lot overlooks the 4th green, a small pond and a cove on Lake Murray.  All properties in Timberlake Plantation have city water and city sewer.

Access to Lake Murray:  Only 1 mile to FREE public boat launch site. Also, you will have an opportunity to lease a boat slip at the Timberlake Marina located within the community. The annual boat lease is very reasonable.

Excellent Schools: Conveniently located to the highly rated Chapin schools in Lexington Richland School District 5.

More information:   Virtual Tour Website   |   Brochure (PDF format)
Call Mel Coker (803) 223-6214

View from back of lot to 4th green, pond, Lake Murray
 Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Your Lake Murray Realtor!

Join the Lake Murray Association

Lake Murray Association
Live on Lake Murray?  Boat on Lake Murray?  Love Lake Murray?
YOU need to be a member of the Lake Murray Association (LMA).  Click for LMA website.

Membership dues are very reasonable - only $15 per year.   Or, do like I did on my last renewal and join for 3 years, pay only $45 and get 6 free months added to your membership.   JOIN TODAY before you forget - you will be proud to be a member.

The Lake Murray Association through its active membership and board of directors works to maintain and preserve Lake Murray as one of the most beautiful recreational lakes in the South.  The Association’s key issues for the future include:
Lake level
Weed control
Pollution monitoring and
Shoreline management

The Lake Murray Association was very instrumental (after many years of hard work) in getting South  Carolina Electric and Gas Company to agree to higher winter water levels at Lake Murray.  Remember just a few years ago when water levels sank to 350-351 feet elevation during the winter and early spring?  Now, water levels during the winter are typically in the 354-355 feet elevation range.  This is a success story for the LMA and the number of members in the organization.  The LMA NEEDS YOU!

The Lake Murray Association does more:
Spring and Fall Membership Meeting
Sponsors Ladies Day at the Lake
Sponsors Pontoon Tour of Homes
Conducts a Water Quality Monitoring Program
Publishes a Quarterly Newsletter - April 2011 Newsletter


Mel Coker
Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates * Columbia, SC
Lake Murray website  Lake Murray/Columbia Real Estate
(803) 223-6214

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Protect Your Boat/Personal Watercraft Engine on Lake Murray

I love this stuff: STA-BIL Marine Formula Fuel Stabilizer

I've started using this product regularly in my pontoon outboard motor and personal watercraft.  Marine Formula STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment & Performance Improver contains DOUBLE the corrosion preventers and more than FOUR TIMES the fuel system cleaner than in Regular STA-BIL to prevent  corrosion and deposit build up in Marine Engines. Use AT EVERY FILL UP to protect your boat or other marine equipment from the damaging effects of Ethanol in the marine environment.  This stuff works!

STA-BIL is America's #1 selling marine fuel additive brand.  This keeps gasoline fresh, especially ethanol treated gasoline, and it protects engines.  The marine formula costs more per bottle (I buy the 32 ounce size), BUT, you are able to use less per treatment, so it's really less expensive!  One ounce treats 10 gallons; regular STA-BIL has a ratio of one ounce per 2 1/2 gallons.  One 32 ounce bottle treats up to 320 gallons of fuel for marine applications.  At the great Amazon price, that's only about 66 cents per 10 gallons of gasoline (regular STA-BIL would be $1.89 per 10 gallons).

BUY your STA-BIL Marine Fuel Stablizer from Amazon for the very best price (I ordered TWO 32 ounce bottles today):
Click Below to BUY NOW:
STA-BIL 22240 Marine Fuel Stabilizer - 32 oz.

Mel Coker
Lake Murray Resident & Lake Murray Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 223-6214

Saturday, April 2, 2011

NEW Camera! Amazing Lake Murray Pictures Coming Soon

I just bought a new camera for my real estate business and websites that I own and operate.  It's the amazing Sony DSC-HX5V.  I got it at a great price (only $229) from Amazon.  This camera does wide angle really well (for my home interior shots) and an amazing job on automated sweep panoramas.  It also has many other cool features at an incredible price.

Check out my first sweep panorama - taken at our Lake Murray home:

Lake Murray - Panoramic Shot with Sony DSC-HX5V

Buy Your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 10.2MP CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 inch LCD

More cool pictures coming soon!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Public Parks at Dreher Shoals Dam Now Open

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s public parks on the Lexington and Irmo sides of the dam at Lake Murray will open April 1 for the 2011 season. The boat-launching park on the Irmo side will remain open through Sept. 5 (Labor Day). The beach/recreation area on the Lexington side will remain open through Sept. 11.

Operating hours will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday until May 3, after which the parks will stay open until 8 p.m. Weekend and holiday hours are from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Lake Murray Fun!

Visitors to the park on the Lexington side of the dam are reminded that the beach will not be staffed with lifeguards. The beach is a swim-at-your-own-risk area.   The public boat launch has three ramps and is open 24 hours a day. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both park sites. Restrooms and picnic facilities are also available at both park sites.

Parking fees are charged during normal operating hours to help offset the cost of maintenance, security and improvements at the parks. Fees for motorcycles are $2. Car and truck fees are $3. The fee for buses is $5. Season passes can be purchased for $45 per vehicle. There is no cost to park at the boat-launching site on the Irmo side after hours – before the park opens or after it closes.

Please play and boat safely on Lake Murray this year!

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Lake Murray's Realtor - "I Live on the Lake!"
Lake Murray Website  |  Columbia, SC Real Estate
(803) 223-6214