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Marine Board Approves Grant for Port of Newport
For Immediate Release -4/16/12
The Port of Newport has received a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board to replace the boarding floats at the South Beach boat ramp on Yaquina Bay. The Marine Board approved the grant at its quarterly Board meeting on April 11, in Springfield.
 The Port of Newport’s South Beach boat ramp is a popular destination for anglers and recreational boaters alike. The bay supports a salmon fishery of both coho and chinook as well as an abundance of bottom fish. The Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Aquarium and historic old town are just a few of the attractions in the area. The Port of Newport operates the South Beach boat ramp which is adjacent to a full service marina. The existing boarding floats were installed in 2005 but were constructed using untreated wood due to permit restrictions. Marine organisms and brackish water have corroded the untreated wood compromising the floats. To address the situation the Port is planning to remove and replace all of the floats with new ones made with material components not subject to the corrosive effect of brackish water and organisms that prey on wood. The refurbished floats will be re-installed and provide boaters with a safer and more secure platform from which they can load and unload their boats.
The Port of Newport was awarded $91,906 in state boater funds, combined with $15,537 in applicant cash and $47,923 in force account labor and equipment from the Port. The projected total cost is $155,366.
For more information about boating facilities, visit http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/BoatFac/index.shtml.