- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Seaport Economic Council
- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Cuts Ribbon on Manchester-by-the-Sea Pier and Seawall Rehabilitation
Colleen Arons , Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Administrator Greg Federspiel, Harbormaster Bion Pike, and other local leaders to celebrate the re-opening of Morss Pier. Vital repairs to the Pier and adjacent seawall were made possible in 2017 through a $327,000 Seaport Economic Council award that unlocked $100,000 in local funding.
Improvements enhanced the Pier’s capacity as the primary service facility for Manchester-by-the-Sea’s commercial fishing and lobster fleets. The project scope included the historic seawall, which was designed at the turn of the 20th century by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Repairs made to the seawall contribute to the town’s climate resiliency.
“Our Administration is proud to support coastal communities across the Commonwealth through the Seaport Economic Council,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Maritime industry is an integral part of our Commonwealth’s past, present, and future, and we look forward to advancing more projects through the SEC that grow the blue economy and benefit all residents.”
“I’m honored to be here in Manchester-by-the-Sea to see this project come to fruition,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “Our Administration looks forward to continuing to partner with leaders from Manchester-by-the-Sea and all coastal communities to promote growth, tackle climate change, and deliver vital repairs.”
In addition to the Seaport Economic Council award, the Administration has also supported maritime industry in Manchester-by-the-Sea with a $500,000 MassWorks grant in 2017 to dredge Manchester Harbor. The success of this award, which removed 24,676 cubic yards of harbor sediment for the working harbor that brings in $6 million worth of lobsters each year, led to the launch of a pilot program announced here in Manchester-by-the-Sea that expanded this year into the Commonwealth’s first standalone annual dredging grant program.
“The Seaport Economic Council provides critical support to the coastal communities of Massachusetts, with a focus on bolstering the growth of maritime businesses and improving sustainability,” said Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Tim McGourthy, Vice Chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “Repairs to Morss Pier and nearby seawalls will help Manchester-by-the-Sea meet both goals, and exemplify the targeted investment in the future of our communities that this Administration will continue to make.”
“Maintaining vibrant and strong communities is greatly enhanced when localities can partner with the commonwealth on critical infrastructure projects,” said Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Administrator Gregory T. Federspiel. “For coastal communities like Manchester, our water based infrastructure is as important as our land-based infrastructure. We are grateful to the support that the SEC and the Baker-Polito Administration has provided us enabling us to ensure our commercial fishing fleet has the facilities they need to thrive.”
“Through extensive collaboration between local and state officials, and with the financial and technical support of the Baker-Polito Administration and the Seaport Economic Council, Manchester-by-the-Sea has secured a remarkable achievement in restoring the seawall and pier,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. “These enhancements will support recreational and commercial fishing, the preservation of natural resources, better access for boating, and the overall vitality of the harbor.”
“These improvements to the Morss Pier and historic seawall are important to the local economy, providing better access for both commercial and recreational activities,” said House Assistant Minority Leader Brad Hill (R-Ipswich). “The legislature has prioritized investments in our coastal communities, including funding the programs of the Seaport Economic Council, and I am grateful for the partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration and local leaders on this and projects up and down our coast.”
Since its 2015 re-launch, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $39 million in 83 projects ranging from local to statewide in scale, with an emphasis on supporting coastal infrastructure. In its first slate of grants for 2019, the council has maintained this priority, awarding more than $3.5 million to projects ranging from shipyard, harbor, and public space upgrades to site development. It has also affirmed its commitment to education and research, granting more than $3 million for projects such as emergency preparedness and increasing maritime industry opportunities and awareness.
The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to grow the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities, while preparing them to respond to the challenges posed by rising sea levels and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.
Investments in coastal communities are crucial to Massachusetts’ economy, safety, and environment. The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to provide resources and programs, like Seaport Economic Council grants and MassWorks infrastructure awards, to ensure that coastal communities can improve, strengthen, and protect the Commonwealth’s coastal assets.