Grant Awarded to City Dock Revitalization
Annapolis, MD (4-12-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced a federal grant award totaling $1.5 million dollars will be used for significant bulk head repair in Ego Alley.
The City of Annapolis will use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to rebuild the deteriorated bulkhead from the Harbormasters building around Ego Alley to the Fleet Reserve property line. Phase One of this work was completed in 2008 when 800 linear feet of bulkhead was replaced from the USNA property line to the Harbormaster building.
“City Dock is our town’s crown jewel, and its economic revitalization is a top priority,” Mayor Cohen said. “The work to stabilize and rebuild the bulkhead is necessary but expensive, and this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant will help offset those costs substantially. I am grateful to Harbormaster Flip Walters and Planning and Zoning staff who wrote the grant and enabled the City to successfully compete for these vital dollars. I also thank Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Boating Services Division for supporting the City’s grant request.”
This award will be used to complete the larger City Dock infrastructure project in the FY 2014- 2019 Capital Improvement Program. Overall it is a $12.5 million project that will replace the bulkhead and also address stormwater infrastructure and flooding issues.
“These critical upgrades will not only repair the crumbling bulkhead you can see duirng low tide in the heart of Ego Alley, it will enhance our boating experience by upgrading and modernizing an area visited by about 100,000 boaters annually,” Assistant City Manager Virginia Burke said.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide the City with the $1.5 million in federal Sport Fish Restoration – Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Tier II funds. This is the largest BIG award Maryland has ever received and is the maximum allowed under this federal program.
Federal Sport Fish Restoration - BIG funding is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides grants to states for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of tie-up facilities with features for transient boaters in vessels 26 feet or more in length. The fund is derived from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. This user-pay, user-benefit program assists in funding public recreational boating projects