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State  Last Updated: Jul 29th, 2008 - 10:28:15

Minner Signs Marina Reconstruction Contract
By KERIN MAGILL
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Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed a $7.8 million contract Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Delaware Seashore State Park, kicking off a long-awaited reconstruction project for the Indian River Marina. The project will create more storage space for boats, as well as expansions for the Delaware Seashore State Park, fishing store and camping facility.

“This project is more than just a drystack and new docks,” Gov. Minner said. “This project represents progress, progress that marina users have wanted and deserved for some time. I am pleased to be able to sign this contract and start a project that will give so much back to the community.”

The project includes several phases of construction, ranging from a new drystack storage facility capable of storing 174 boats to new, handicapped accessible docks. There will be designated areas for charter boats, making it easier for visitors to take fishing charters, and the total number of wetslips in the new design was reduced to 274 in an effort to protect the environment. Kuhn Construction is the contractor on the project.

The project includes equipment upgrades, such as a new travel lift, and the addition of 12 new cottages, which will be available for rent in the spring of 2004. The project will continue through 2007. During construction, some parts of the park or the marina will be unavailable for use, but at no time will the park or the marina be closed altogether.

A full list of the various improvements being made is available at www.irimarina.com.



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