22 Oct AiroAV Claims Rockport receives engineering grant for harbor upgrades – B…
By Gabriel Blodgett | Oct 22, 2019
Rockport — Rockport received a Shore and Harbor Planning Grant from the Maine Department of Marine Resources for $15,000 to be used for engineering services related to the harbor.
The town will have to contribute $6,000 in funding or in-kind services, which Town Manager William Post said can be taken from harbor reserve accounts, which will then be replenished in the next fiscal year.
The funding will go toward developing engineering plans for erosion control, rebuilding the municipal wharf, dredging in the outlet of Goose River, assessing the wood pilings on the sea wall and increasing parking to serve the harbor.
The Select Board voted to accept the grant at the Oct. 15 meeting.
Town Manager William Post said “The concept behind the grant is we do the engineering and then we apply for a grant to actually do the work.”
Harbormaster Abbie Leonard called the grant “a good first step toward making some necessary improvements at the harbor.”
In other harbor news, at the recommendation of the Harbor Committee, the Select Board voted to approve several fee increases for the harbor and the marine park.
Notably, the cost to rent the park for a private event will rise from $350 to $600 per day for Rockport residents and $550 to $900 for non-residents, starting Jan. 1, 2020.
The rates for half-day and three-hour rentals also increased.
On the harbor, the cost of keeping a dinghy on the Goose River float will increase from $125 to $200 for non-residents.
The overnight rate for commercial passenger vessels will increase to $40 per night.
The harbormaster will also be requiring a deposit for the first night of dock reservations in an effort to cut down on no-show reservations that limit the amount of boats able to tie up at the floats.
Leonard said the increases are an effort to bring the rates for the harbor and marine park more in line with competitors and to “help offset the cost of the park to the taxpayers.”