Town finds a tem­po­rary fix for tran­sient boaters

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

CHESTERTOWN — The daily fee to tie up at the town-owned ma­rina is $10, a tem­po­rary com­pro­mise from the $20 that was ini­tially as­sessed at the start of June and free pas­sage.

“The idea of hav­ing a fee is im­por­tant be­cause some week­ends we might not have space,” Town Man­ager Bill Inger­soll said at the June 6 meet­ing of the Chestertown Mayor and Coun­cil.

One Chestertown busi­ness­man used so­cial me­dia to sound off about the $20 fee, sug­gest­ing that it was coun­ter­pro­duc­tive for a town that is try­ing to at­tract shop­pers to down­town.

Jeff Car­roll, owner of the Fish Whis­tle restau­rant that is lo­cated next to the ma­rina, at­tended the June 6 coun­cil meet­ing. He said he was seek­ing a “hope­ful res­o­lu­tion for tran­sient tie-ups.”

“Any­one who calls about dock­age or bring­ing a boat, we tell them to call the ma- rina and that we are out of it,” Car­roll told the coun­cil. “The cus­tomer has to take care of it through the ma­rina them­selves.

“I have enough to worry about. I don’t want to have to worry about that,” Car­roll said.

“That’s the way to han­dle it,” Inger­soll told Car­roll.

“It’s solved as much as it can be right now,” Inger­soll said.

“This is a good dress re­hearsal for what’s go­ing to come,” he added.

Also dur­ing the June 6 meet­ing, Mayor Chris Cerino gave an up­date on the over­haul of the ma­rina. Phase one — which in­cludes dredg­ing of the basin, bulk­head re­place­ment with 50- to 55-foot pil­ings, a new boat ramp, a raised pedes­trian walk­way and fin­ger piers — is mov­ing for­ward.

The walk­way is raised by at least 18 inches.

“It’s such a huge im­prove­ment,” the mayor said.

Due to fish­eries reg­u­la­tions to pro­tect the spawn­ing sea­son, the boat ramp can’t be put in un­til af­ter June 15.

Cerino said he hopes the ramp will be in­stalled by July 4. “Af­ter that,” he said, “the fin­ger piers will go in.”

Phase two also in­cludes com­ple­tion of the new bulk­head, raised walk­way and back­fill. The project will be put out to bid in July/Au­gust with the work to be­gin af­ter Dowrig­ging Week­end in Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a time­frame that Cerino rolled out this spring.

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