2020-12-23

Mahone Bay’s civic marina in line for $85,000 upgrade

by KEITH CORCORAN

  • <p>SOURCE: DEVELOP NOVA SCOTIA</p><p>A partial image of some dock drawings relevant to the Mahone Bay project.</p>

Taxpayers are spending five-figures toward new flexible floating docks at Mahone Bay's civic marina, off Main Street.

The provincial Crown corporation Develop Nova Scotia announced it was spending $85,000 toward building and installing two large timber frame floats. The items are being built in January and should arrive by March 31.

The project is designed to "support transient public marine visitation to Mahone Bay and also support the civic marina by acting as a breakwater," Deborah Page, a spokeswoman for Develop Nova Scotia, told LighthouseNOW in an email. The new docks - also including gangways and attachments - will be able to accommodate a variety of boats.

The spending is part of a broader goal of growing ocean-related sectors and preserving the public's access to the water's edge, the agency announced December 14.

The town views the marina, which is operated by community volunteers with the wooden boat society, as a popular go-to place for local recreational boaters, along with others from metro, and the eastern U.S.

Last year, Mahone Bay's chief administrator, Dylan Heide, Mayor David Devenne and a member of the society met with Develop Nova Scotia to talk about marine infrastructure.

"The number of boaters mooring at the marina on a seasonal basis continues to increase and when coupled with the large number of transient and visiting boaters, the current facilities are completely engaged each year," the town's mayor, David Devenne, said in an email to LighthouseNOW.

"The advice and support of Develop Nova Scotia - particularly through this provision of additional wharfage - will ensure the marina remains a preferred destination for the future and that it will remain a keystone of our marine based tourism activity. The boats on the bay and at the wharves draw hundreds of interested visitors each year and Mahone Bay is the better for their visit."

Working waterfronts are important social and economic infrastructure across the province, added Develop Nova Scotia in a statement. "They add value to local economies and communities and attract boaters and visitors by sea."

The floating dock structures will be owned by Develop Nova Scotia and maintained and managed through agreements with the town.

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