June 23, 2018
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Four coastal communities awarded grants for piers

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff

Four Washington County communities have been awarded grants to make improvements to public piers and boating facilities, officials announced Wednesday.

The largest grant, $154,844, was awarded to Pleasant Point to extend the existing floats and boat ramp by six dock sections, about 120 feet.

Eastport was awarded $90,000 to create a new ramp and parking area at the former MacNichols Wharf.

Lubec was awarded $77,500 to create a new float system, handicapped accessible ramps and two transient moorings at the former Lubec Marina.

Milbridge will receive $5,500 to replace decking at the commercial pier.

The Small Harbor Improvement Program grants, which require a 50 percent matching local share, were announced by the Washington County Council of Governments, which was notified earlier of the grants being awarded by the state Department of Transportation.

The SHIP grants promote economic development, public access, improved commercial fishing opportunities and works to preserve, and create, infrastructure at facilities in tidewater and coastal municipalities.

The SHIP program assists municipalities in improving or creating facilities such as public wharves, piers, landings and boat ramps.

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