For Immediate Release - April 01, 2008

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIM MURRAY AND SEAPORT ADVISORY COUNCIL AWARD $8.2 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MASSACHUSETTS PORTS

BOSTON - Tuesday, April 1, 2008-Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Chair of the Governor's Seaport Advisory Council, convened a meeting today to discuss critical maritime policy issues and voted to authorize $8.2 million from the Seaport Bond Bill to be spent over the next few years on a wide array of seaport projects.

"Our coastal cities and towns are important economic development drivers for the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Making smart, targeted investments in our harbors and ports to ensure they can accommodate growth in tourism, trade, and fishing, strengthens not only our coastal communities but also enables them to serve as a resource for residents and businesses across the Commonwealth."

The Council unanimously voted to advance the following port development projects:

  • $100,000Fairhaven, Union Wharf Rehabilitation Engineering Design Project
  • $1,100,000 Fall River, Floats & Docks, Fall River State Pier
  • $400,000 Gloucester, Economic Development Business Plan
  • $250,000 Gloucester, Floating Docks for the City of Gloucester
  • $22,000 Gloucester, Blynman Canal Seawall Reconstruction Project
  • $100,000 Newburyport, Plum Island Restroom Facility
  • $36,000 Newburyport, Commercial Fish Pier Dredging Design
  • $5,500,000 New Bedford/Fairhaven Phase III Dredge Construction
  • $75,000 New Bedford, Fire Boat Restoration
  • $420,000 Salem, South River Harborwalk Construction
  • $100,000 Statewide, Phase I Commercial Boat Sewage Pumpout Needs
  • $110,000 Statewide, Sunken Vessels for New Bedford , Woods Hole & Provincetown

The Seaport Advisory Council is Governor Patrick's administrative panel for coordinating policy and development of the Commonwealth's sea ports. The council consists of 15 voting members including four cabinet secretaries, the director of Massport, five port city mayors and regional representatives. The Council meets quarterly in different port cities and towns to vote on maritime policy and the allocation of Seaport Bond Bill dollars for port development projects.

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