Somers Point officially unveiled its new bayfront marina during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
The marina currently features 20 transient boat slips as well as slips for tour boats and emergency vessels. Future amenities will include electric, water, and pump out facilities for transient boaters. The marina is open to the public, and is located at Higbee Avenue and the bay.
Wickberg Marina Contracting, Inc. of Belford, NJ completed the dredging phase of the project, and Walters Marine Construction of Ocean View, NJ completed construction on the marina itself.
“The opening of the new marina is a welcomed addition to our vibrant waterfront in Somers Point, which also includes the successful Gateway Theater,” said Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser.
Various grants were secured by the City to contribute to the cost of the marina. A $1.45 million National Boating Infrastructure Grant assisted in funding the dredging and construction for the marina; and a $35,000 United States Fish and Wildlife Service grant – given through the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program and the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey – funded the construction of the pump-out station.
“The marina provides an additional waterfront amenity in our exciting Historic Bay District that entices visitors to stop, enjoy and explore everything that Somers Point has to offer,” said Greg Sykora, Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC) Chair.
For more information about the City of Somers Point, visit www.SomersPointGov.org or call 609-927-9088.