A second federal grant
earned by Beaufort will help pay to continue renovations and upgrades to the
popular Downtown Marina at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
Infrastructure Grant (BIG) is for $186,184. The total estimated cost of
the project is $304,165. The City committed to a local match of
$82,981, part of which will apply to an upgrade of the marina's fire
suppression system that isn't covered by the grant but is needed, Beaufort City
Manager Scott Dadson said.
In addition to
the federal grant and City contribution, the company that manages the marina,
Griffin Enterprises, committed a local match of $25,000 and Beaufort County
The new grant is
in addition to the one currently being used to improve Beaufort's transient
boat docks and to install a new mooring field.
"This is great news for
Beaufort, for the Downtown Marina and for boaters up and down the East Coast,"
Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. "The marina is an essential part of
downtown Beaufort, and for a lot of people, it's their first introduction to
our historic city. Making these improvements can only help with those first
The renovation to
the aging transient dock infrastructure will provide economic benefits to the
community, Beaufort leaders wrote in their grant application.
Marina has been a success story of public/private partnership for almost 40
years. This project builds on that success offering great cost efficiency and
return on investment. There is strong local support for the project and the 36
percent local funding match shared by three partners within both the public and
private sectors is testament to this support," they wrote.
The project, to
be completed by Dec. 30, 2015, includes:
Structural rehabilitation of the existing
transient floating docks using recycled materials (flotation cells, pile
guides, steel stiffeners and torsional truss system hardware)
Improvement to vessel
berthing and service (new vinyl rub rail fender, new cleats)
Improved life safety
and reduced risk hazards (new decking, replacement of damaged power pedestals,
maintenance of fire suppression system)
sustainable construction practices (installation of photovoltaic cells, new
decking using U.S. Forest Steward Council certified lumber).
commissioned a dock assessment in 2013 to assist in determining the condition
of the Transient Docks. That study indicated the entire marina's fire
suppression system needed to be cleaned, repaired and upgraded – which will be
included in this new work.
The Downtown Marina has
approximately 1,140 linear feet of floating dock devoted to transient boats and
can accommodate 36 boats up to 26 feet long. Additionally, the City of Beaufort
recently was awarded a Tier 1 Boat Infrastructure Grant in 2012 and is using
part of that grant to install 16 moorings adjacent to the floating docks. The
floating docks will serve these moored transients as they fuel and use pump-out
field, in the Beaufort River harbor near the Downtown Marina, will consist of
three rows totaling up to 46 moorings allowed by federal permit. Rick Griffin,
manager of the Downtown Marina, and the City Council agreed to install all 16
transient boat moorings, which will be located at the outer edge of the field.
In addition, the
work crews will install 14 long-term moorings which already have been leased to
area boaters, Griffin said. Terms of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant
require that the initial 16 moorings be for transient boats.