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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Parks & Rec Set for $800,000 in Marina Repairs

With $800,000 approved by Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Tuesday night, the restoration and stabilization of the Ned Dimes Marina’s south side should begin in late fall, Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said today.

McCarthy noted that the southern banks have collapsed into the water, hindering boats.

“This is due to years of erosion,” he said.

He said the project will require dredging, as well as the installation of a boulder riprap to keep the shoreline stable. The silt buildup had gotten so bad that small boats could not be launched there, McCarthy said.

“We have our DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) permits, and we will be in construction late fall or early winter,” he said.

The $800,000 appropriation is with bond and note authorization, and boaters will pay 70 percent of the cost in fees charged over 20 years.

In other Parks & Recreation matters, the RTM approved $150,000 to the Capital and Non-recurring Account for the construction of two paddle tennis courts at Longshore Club Park.

McCarthy said the new courts would replace the current, more than 30-year-old, time-worn one fallen into disrepair.

He added that construction should begin in early winter.

—James Lomuscio

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Posted 09/03/14 at 01:26 PM  Permalink



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