Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Major improvements are coming to the East Bay Park boat landing later this year.
Georgetown City Council has agreed to award a contract in the amount of $740,600 to Salmons Dredging of Charleston to do the work, expected to begin in late July or August.
Once the work is complete, the existing docks at the landing will be extended and new ones will be added.
City Administrator Chris Carter said the new docks will equipped for use by non-motorized vessels such as kayaks and paddle boats.
City leaders said the current launching area is rarely used because it is in such disrepair.
The city originally budgeted $400,000 for the landing upgrades but in the past year other things were added, including landscaping around the ramps and docks.
That added $59,000 to the project.
Because the cost is more than budgeted, council discussed the possibility of scaling back the project but decided to do it all, Carter said.
The work is being paid for, in part, by $101,200 Coastal Public Access Improvement Grant from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The grant requires the city to chip-in a 10 percent match.
The other needed funds are coming from the city’s Hospitality Taxes, Carter said.
The grant will pay for the steel pilings to be replaced with reinforced plastic ones, which don't corrode in the salt water; and for the concrete apron and floating docks to be replaced.
The boat landing will close when repair work begins later this summer.
By Scott Harper