It’s been worth the wait! Newport Port Manager Paula Miranda and her Port Commission signed on the dotted line this week to formally accept a $1.2 million dollar grant from the federal government to replace the old Port Dock five pier built a half-century ago.
The $1.2 million is just half of the cost. The port will come up with the other $1.2 million part of the project.
Construction on will begin around November 1st – the beginning of the time period when construction will not substantially impact marine life and fauna. A new gangway and walking platform including water and fuel lines will be installed so as to not disrupt the fishing fleet’s valuable contribution to the local economy.
Miranda says the first phase of project should be easily completed by the end of the permitted “in water” work period – mid-February of next year. Once it’s all wrapped up Miranda says they’ll “go fishing” for a grant to launch the second half of the overall plan – replacing the network of floating piers that the fishing and other boats tie up to.