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DNR Completes Renovations to the West Ocean City Boating Access Facility

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West Ocean City, Md. (October 27, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently completed rehabilitation of the West Ocean City boating access facility in cooperation with Worcester County, providing access to West Ocean City Harbor, the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland’s Coastal Bays including Sinepuxent and Isle of Wight Bays.

“These renovations ensure that the general boating public will continue to enjoy the facility well into the future,” said DNR Director of Boating, Bob Gaudette. “Additionally, persons with disabilities now have easier accessibility to the water to enjoy the area’s many boating opportunities.”

Last reconstructed in 1988 and enjoyed by thousands of boaters and anglers each year, the West Ocean City boating access facility now features a completely renovated facility including a six-lane boat ramp with supporting bulkhead, ADA compliant floating docks, and fixed piers.

The total cost for the project, including engineering, was $471,977; with $341,396 provided by a federal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Access Grant and $130,581 from State Waterway Improvement Funds.  The federal Sport Fish Restoration fund is derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. This ‘user-pay user-benefit’ program assists in funding public recreational motor boating projects. Required non-federal match was provided by the State Waterway Improvement Fund, the revenues of which are generated from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland. The State Waterway Improvement Program has funded more than 4,500 grant projects valued in excess of $300 million in the development of over 300 public boating access sites statewide.

“I would just like to express the Commissioners’ appreciation for the cooperative efforts of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Worcester County staff for a job well done,” said President of the Worcester County Board of County Commissioners, James C. “Bud” Church. “I’d be remiss not to recognize the efforts of the contractor, Hi-Tide Marine, which completed this outstanding project in a timely fashion. This boat ramp is a valuable, year-round asset to the county, particularly during the busy summer season when it is accessed by hundreds of boaters each day.”

   October 27, 2011

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