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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011

Contact:
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Julie Morin, 612-713-5156

 

USFWS Major Boating Grant to Support Transient Marina in Downtown Cleveland

 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program will fund a transient marina at the existing North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and partners will receive $1,450,400 and match that with $509,600 to build new floating docks for 53 transient boat slips including 3 ADA accessible slips and ramp, a new shower, restrooms, laundry building, and amenities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards BIG Program grants to support recreational boating and associated tourism activities, which is estimated to generate more than $1.1 million for the Cleveland area.

 “Downtown Cleveland is home to many attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Waterfront museums, entertainment and professional sports venues,” said Julie Morin, grant coordinator with the Service. “The transient marina and amenities will attract boaters to the Cleveland area, and thus provide an economic boost for the local community.”

Funding for the BIG Program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

Grantees use Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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