Ex­pan­sion planned for Old Per­li­can ma­rina

Prov­ince in­vests nearly $25,000 in fa­cil­ity in or­der to at­tract boaters

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

The Lower Trinity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is us­ing a $ 24,681 in­vest­ment from the provin­cial govern­ment to ac­com­mo­date an in­creas­ing num­ber of recre­ational boaters who are mak­ing Old Per­li­can a port of call in their trav­els.

“Old Per­li­can is one of sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties that have iden­ti­fied im­prove­ments in recre­ational ma­rina in­fra­struc­ture as a key plank of their busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties,” In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Keith Hutch­ings stated in a news re­lease is­sued last month.

“En­hanced in­fra­struc­ture has at­tracted recre­ational boaters and is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in the ser­vice and ac­com­mo­da­tions sec­tors. Con­tin­ued im­prove­ments ad­dress ca­pac­ity is­sues and will help the area’s busi­ness com­mu­nity max­i­mize the po­ten­tial of the ma­rina.”

In 2009, the provin­cial govern­ment con­trib­uted $55,658 to­wards the in­stal­la­tion of 80 feet of breast­work and con­struc­tion of five float­ing docks with elec­tri­cal ser­vice. With the cur­rent in­vest­ment, three float­ing docks and 162 feet of dock­ing space will be added to the ma­rina.

“This fund­ing will be very ben­e­fi­cial to those who cur­rently oper­ate out of the ma­rina for recre- ational pur­poses, but also will bring op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pan­sion es­pe­cially for the tourism sec­tor within our area,” said Trinity-bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son. John­son is also the Min­is­ter of Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices

“The ma­rina will now be able to meet the needs of a grow­ing in­dus­try,” she added.

The Lower Trinity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is un­der­tak­ing the ex­pan­sion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Old Per­li­can Har­bour Au­thor­ity. The de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tion, which has a mem­ber­ship of ap­prox­i­mately 150 in­di­vid­u­als, is fo­cused on strength­en­ing the eco­nomic and so­cial environment of the re­gion span­ning Heart’s Con­tent to Lead Cove.

“Old Per­li­can is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heavy vol­umes of marine traf­fic,” said Ted Hef­ford, chair­man of the Lower Trinity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This sup­port from the provin­cial govern­ment will en­able us to ad­dress our ca­pac­ity is­sues and fur­ther de­velop the area’s tourism in­dus­try.”

This ini­tia­tive was funded through the Re­gional/ Sec­toral Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion Fund, which has a bud­get o $ 5 mil­lion this year.

Ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, the pro­gram pro­vides non- re­payable con­tri­bu­tions to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agen­cies for ini­tia­tives that ad­dress re­gional and sec­toral de­vel­op­ment and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

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