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Renovated Watermen's Boat Basin Dedicated

Centreville, Md. (November 1, 2010) — The newly-renovated Watermen’s Boat Basin at Kent Narrows was dedicated at a ceremony on October 26 in Queen Anne’s County. Local watermen unveiled a plaque presented by the 2010 Board of Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, which reads, “The Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Boat Basin at Kent Narrows will forever preserve our local commercial fishing heritage and provide for the continued viability of an irreplaceable fleet for future generations.”

“This project is representative of the successful partnership between Queen Anne’s County, the State of Maryland and local watermen,” said Bob Gaudette, Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services Unit. “Projects like this are funded by the tax dollars boaters contribute to the Waterway Improvement Fund when they register their boats in Maryland.”

The year-long reconstruction project includes a new bulkhead, new finger piers and new electrical work, as well as new mooring piles and sheeting. The project is funded by Queen Anne’s County and Waterway Improvement Fund grants through DNR. The facility is used by both commercial watermen and recreational boaters.

This renovation should serve the watermen and boaters for at least twenty years. To learn more about many other public access locations and projects, visit the Boating Services web page at www.dnr.maryland.gov/boating.


   November 1, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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