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Largest 2005 Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant awarded to Port of Everett's 12th Street Marina

Post Date:11/23/2005

Everett, Wash. - The 36-slip guest moorage dock for the new 12th Street Yacht Basin is one step closer to reality after the Port of Everett received an award of $995,000 from the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG Program) - the largest grant awarded this year.

The BIG Program, which is administered by the United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, awards grants for the purpose of developing and renovating boating facilities targeting recreational boats 26 feet and larger. The Fish and Wildlife Service received 33 proposals requesting approximately $15 million in federal funds, of which, the Port of Everett's project ranked fourth.

"This is great news for the Port of Everett and Puget Sound boaters," Port Commissioner Don Hopkins said. "The real advantage of this project is that it will provide a substantial number of guest moorage slips for 40 to 50-foot boats, which is going to make Everett a wonderful cruising destination for boaters in Puget Sound."

The Port applied for the BIG grant in March of 2004, but it took nearly 20 months of hard work by our state senators and representatives to help secure more money for the 2005 grant program.

"The 12th Street Marina project is an important piece in the redevelopment of the Port of Everett," U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said. "This project will improve the marina, making it more user-friendly and bringing in more boaters who will see firsthand all that Everett has to offer."

The guest moorage facility is fully designed, and is expected to cost approximately $2 million. The guest moorage slips will be in addition to the 155 permanent slips in the new marina, which is currently under construction. The 12th Street Yacht Basin is located in Port Gardner Bay next to the recently approved $300 million North Marina mixed-use redevelopment project.

"The Port of Everett continues to be an economic engine for our region," said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett). "As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I fought to boost the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Program in the recent federal transportation bill. The Port has done an excellent job of making the case for these grant funds. This is a huge win for the Port and the community."

With funding now secured, the Port expects to go out to bid for construction of the project in January. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that the Port obtained in September 2005, covers the in-water work associated with this project.

For more information please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative for the Port of Everett at 425-388-0617.

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