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April 9, 2019

Marinas in Camden and Portland to receive $3M for infrastructure upgrades

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Courtesy / Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Inc. Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Inc. of Camden has been awarded $1.5 million through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2019 Boating Infrastructure Grant program to make improvements at its marina.
Courtesy / DiMillo's Old Port Marina DiMillo's Old Port Marina will use its $1.5 million award to upgrade the marina in Portland.

Two Maine marinas will receive a total of $3 million through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2019 Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Monday the awards to Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Inc. of Camden and DiMillo’s Old Port Marina of Portland. “For decades, Lyman Morse and DiMillo’s Marinas have created jobs, benefitted local businesses, and supported their coastal communities,” she said in a statement “By assisting the marinas’ efforts to expand capacity, this funding will spur additional investments that will help boost employment opportunities and economic development for the surrounding areas. These improvements will also allow more vessels to connect to the power grid, reducing noise and air pollution.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s BIG program supports recreational boaters and local communities and their economies by providing funding to support dedicated boat tie-up facilities and associated amenities. In doing so, it helps Americans enjoy the nation’s waters and the country’s wildlife, natural and cultural resources.

Here’s how the funding will be used:

  • Lyman Morse Marina, partnering with the Maine Department of Transportation, will use its $1.5 million award to construct and install a 120-foot fixed pier, a 334-foot wave-attenuating floating dock, a 579-foot floating dock, and 16 slips for other transient vessels, providing a total of 2,000 linear feet of new dockage for eligible transient boaters. The company said it expects that those upgrades will help to make Camden a destination for boat repair and service operations and strengthen employment opportunities for the local workforce.
  • DiMillo’s Old Port Marina, also partnering with MaineDOT, will use its $1.5 million award to upgrade the marina with safer, wider, deeper, and sturdier docks, along with expanded conduits for utilities and fuel, a new fuel tank, lines, dispenser and payment pedestal, replacement pilings, three-phase power and an ADA-compliant ramp. The project will also expand the west side of the marina, providing two additional 75-foot berths and 70 feet of additional lateral dockage.

MDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note said the state was grateful to both Sen. Collins and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “for helping to invest in Maine’s working waterfronts.”

“The connection between the land and the water along our rocky coast is one of the things that makes Maine unique, and this work will ensure that Mainers continue to have safe and reliable access to our state’s vital waterways,” he said.

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