Who hasn't at one time or another dreamt about owning your own paradise island? A piece of land surrounded by water that you can call your own and be left alone to live the beach life.

I have many times as well, but then I get thinking about things like the availability of electricity, running water, how to get to the mainland and will it be an easy task, etc. Suddenly my paradise island fades away into the sunset.

But what if that island was something a bit less paradise? Like maybe an island locally? There are a few islands located on the Susquehanna River that if they were available for sale, might be a cool investment. If power could be accessed along with whatever else you would need or want for a river island experience, would you do it or like to see someone build some sort of entertainment complex on it?

I noticed on Google Maps, there are several islands in the Susquehanna River between Johson City and Endwell along with the area behind the En Joie Golf Course in Endicott. Are they privately owned or state-owned? I have no idea. Do they get partially or completely flooded when we get high waters? That wouldn't be good.

If any of these islands could support buildings, would something commercial be a cool thing to build? While it's a bit bigger than what we have on our portion of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made good use of their City Island on the Susquehanna River, complete with the baseball stadium used by the Harrisburg Senators. It's got another sports complex on the island, along with boat ramps, a parking garage, a playground, and even a riverboat.

Could one of our Susquehanna River Islands support any of these things or maybe some other entertainment-type venture? Maybe. I would love to see someone come up with a vision and develop something if it was feasible. Otherwise, I'll just go back to my paradise island dreams.

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