Accessing the New Baltimore shoreline by boat will get a lot easier.
After waiting for FEMA approval on a public harbor project, City Council official approved the proposal for 10 finger docks allowing 16 boats. The docks will be along Anchor Bay in the so-called old beach area of Walter and Mary Burke Park near the water plant.
Harsens Island-based Tamis Marine Construction is slated to do the work in New Baltimore. The city's engineer is to review the design plans beforehand.
The creation of a public dock aims to lure more visitors to the city's waterfront and nearby businesses in the downtown.
"I think it will help a lot," said Larry Gingas who obtained permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the project.
Over the years, many people have mentioned they wanted to visit New Baltimore by water but had no place for their boats.
"There's just is nowhere to do this," Gingas said.
He says the dock project will start as soon as next week and take about three weeks to finish.
City Police Chief Tim Wiley and Planning and Economic Development Director Judy Sproat worked together to secure the approximate $240,000 Port Authority grant for the boat slips and a 24-foot police patrol boat.
The reserve unit and police volunteers are slated to staff the patrol boat. The docks will be adjacent to a kayak rental business at the beach.
Updated: Thursday evening.
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