South­ern Mary­land re­ceives grants to im­prove boat­ing ac­cess and nav­i­ga­tion

Maryland Independent - - News - DANDAN ZOU

South­ern Mary­land has re­ceived a water­way im­prove­ment grant from the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources to im­prove pub­lic boat­ing ac­cess and nav­i­ga­tion.

The $10.5 mil­lion grant will go to 49 projects in 18 coun­ties statewide, ac­cord­ing to a DNR press re­lease Thurs­day.

Fund­ing that goes to St. Mary’s will re-deck the ma­rina board­walk and piers at Point Look­out State Park in Scot­land, as well as re-deck the north and south light­house piers on St. Cle­ment’s Is­land in the Po­tomac River. Coun­ty­wide, fund­ing will also go to im­prove pub­lic boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Two lo­ca­tions in neigh­bor­ing Calvert will re­ceive fund­ing from the state. One is the Hal­low­ing Point Boat­ing fa­cil­ity in Prince Frederick that will be funded to de­velop a master plan for its ex­panded Hal­low­ing Point fa­cil­ity. The North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment will be funded to pur­chase a new fire and res­cue boat.

In Charles County, Small­wood State Park in Mar­bury will get the fund­ing to re-deck the boat­ing ramp piers and the ma­rina con­ces­sion pier at Swe­den Point Ma­rina. The park will also be funded to de­sign the bulk­head re­place­ment along the Swe­den Point Ma­rina wa­ter­front.

Cre­ated in 1966, the water­way im­prove­ment fund sup­ports devel­op­ment and use of the state’s wa­ters to ben­e­fit the boat­ing pub­lic, the re­lease said. The grant was pri­mar­ily de­rived from a 5 per­cent ves­sel ex­cise tax on boat pur­chase and ti­tling.

“From cruis­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Bay to the open the ma­neu­ver­ing wa­ters of the At­lantic Ocean, boat­ing is a way of life in Mary­land,” DNR Secretary Mark Bel­ton said in the re­lease.

“The Water­way Im­prove­ment Fund is a vi­tal state re­source that en­sures that res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from Mary­land’s world-class recre­ational boat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for years to come,” he said.

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