PATRIOT LEDGER: Lt. Governor Visits Scituate With Seaport Economic Council Grant, To Talk Climate Resiliency

The docks at Cole Parkway Marina will be getting a makeover in the near future.

The gangway outside the harbormaster's office will be rebuilt, and the outdated chain and stone anchoring system will be replaced with a more efficient one.

"This is a working harbor. We have fishermen year-round in here," said Town Administrator Jim Boudreau. "So having this dock will be a help to them, and it'll support them. This harbor is really an economic engine for this town and this area."

The town received a grant of $560,500 from the state's Seaport Economic Council in February 2017, and is contributing another $140,000 from its own funds. In a Thursday visit to the marina, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito delivered a check for another $280,000 from the council for the project.

The current chain anchoring system to which the docks are secured will be replaced with pilings, which will be more resilient to storms and allow the docks to stay in the water year-round. They are now removed and kept in the marina parking lot during the winter, a process that Harbormaster Stephen Mone says costs the town about $50,000 annually.

Mone said that these savings will also be accompanied by an economic boost for the harbor, as larger boats will be able to dock in the marina.

"We get a lot of calls for 40- 50-foot boats, and we can't really tie them up," he said. "Once the pilings come in, I can take these reservations, which in turn makes more revenue dollars."

The current pier and gangway, meanwhile, will be demolished, and replaced with one that starts lower and extends farther, giving it a less steep slope that will make it accessible to users with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

During her visit, Polito expressed her concerns about keeping Scituate, as well as other coastal communities, safe and secure during flooding and extreme weather such as the kind that occurred during the storms this past winter, and said that she hoped the project would help the town address these issues.

"It's an opportunity to talk about resilience and municipal vulnerability," she said. "Climate change has had a big impact on our coastal communities."

Hull and Cohasset also received grants for harbor planning projects from the state.

"When we invest state money, we want to make sure they have the ability to complete the project," Polito said. "I can see here in Scituate that they're on it, and doing a good job."

Source: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20180607/NEWS/180607632

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