The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $1.39 million in Waterway Improvement Funds to be used for pier upgrades and replacements at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Md. “Somers Cove Marina will continue to be one of Crisfield’s greatest assets. Boaters throughout the state will reap benefits from this project,” said Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell.
The marina’s fuel pier, which was originally built in the 1960s, will be extended by 66 feet and undergo other much-needed repairs. The fuel pumps and dispensers will be replaced with modern equipment and reconfigured to allow up to four vessels to be served at once, relieving congestion on busy weekends and holidays. Re-decking and repairing the fuel pier will improve both safety and functionality and the changes to the fuel dock will allow for easier approach and docking for boaters.
Additionally, an existing fixed pier that dates back to the mid-1970s will be replaced with a modern floating dock that will have 26 slips ranging from 40-50 feet in length. A new section of the floating dock will be able to accommodate vessels up to 100 feet. Floating docks are very popular with boaters because they rise and fall with the tides, alleviating the need to adjust dock lines often and making boarding safer. The marina already has a waiting list of boaters who want a slip on the new floating dock system.
“These necessary improvements will enhance services to Maryland boaters as well as the many transients who make Somers Cove Marina their first stop in Maryland on their way up and down the Intracoastal Waterway,” said Lloyd Tyler, Executive Director of Somers Cove Marina.
Somerset Paving and Marine, Inc. has been selected for the project, which will greatly improve service and safety for commercial and recreational boaters using the marina. The Waterway Improvement Fund is supported by the 5 percent vessel excise tax that is paid when a boat is titled in Maryland and is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the benefit and safety of the boating public.
Work is expected to begin on the fuel pier in two to four weeks, and construction on the installation of the new floating dock will follow. All upgrades and repairs should be complete in time for boaters to enjoy them for the bulk of the 2010 boating season.
This information is provided as a public service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. www.dnr.maryland.gov