SOMERS POINT, N.J. (CBS) – Irene was being taken very seriously today among boat owner along the South Jersey shore.

Many boats were being taken out of the water today by owners’ request at Somers Point Marina, in Somers Point.

“We have all of our yard people on duty right now and we have all of our office staff filling in as needed,” said Jim Pieklo, sales manager of the 90-slip marina.

“The main challenge is, we are putting the requests of getting the boats pulled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  It’s not so much running out of space — it’s more running out of time,” he said.

Pieklo says Irene is getting everyone’s attention.  But, he added, “Right now it is wait and see.”

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060