Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced a total of $3,000,000 for Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, Inc., of Camden and DiMillo’s Old Port Marina of Portland through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fiscal year 2019 Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.
“For decades, Lyman Morse and DiMillo’s Marinas have created jobs, benefitted local businesses, and supported their coastal communities,” said Senator Collins. “By assisting the marinas’ efforts to expand capacity, this funding will spur additional investments that will help boost employment opportunities and economic development for the surrounding areas. These improvements will also allow more vessels to connect to the power grid, reducing noise and air pollution.”
“We are grateful to both Senator Collins and to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for helping to invest in Maine’s working waterfronts. The connection between the land and the water along our rocky coast is one of the things that makes Maine unique, and this work will ensure that Mainers continue to have safe and reliable access to our state’s vital waterways,” said Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Transportation Bruce Van Note.
Lyman Morse Marina, partnering with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), was awarded $1,500,000 to construct and install a 120-foot fixed pier, a 334-foot wave-attenuating floating dock, a 579-foot floating dock, and 16 slips for other transient vessels, providing a total of 2,000 linear feet of new dockage for eligible transient boaters. The company believes that these upgrades will help to make Camden a destination for boat repair and service operations and strengthen employment opportunities for the local workforce.
DiMillo’s Old Port Marina, also partnering with MaineDOT, was awarded $1,500,000 to rejuvenate the marina with safer, wider, deeper, and sturdier docks, along with expanded conduits for utilities and fuel, a new fuel tank, lines, dispenser and payment pedestal, replacement pilings, 3-phase power and an ADA-compliant ramp. This project will also expand the west side of the marina, providing two additional 75-foot berths and 70 feet of additional lateral dockage.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s BIG program supports recreational boaters and local communities and their economies. By providing funding to support dedicated boat tie-up facilities and associated amenities, the BIG program helps Americans enjoy the nation’s waters and our cherished wildlife, natural, and cultural resources.