St. Thomas Source reports, “A $1.3 million Boating Infrastructure Grant from the federal Fish and Wildlife Service will go toward construction of a planned 96-slip marina in Coral Bay, St. John, to be built by ‘Summer’s End’, said Roy Pemberton, director of the Planning and Natural Resources Department’s Fish and Wildlife Division. Â According to information from federal Fish and Wildlife, the grant must be matched with $1.4 million in other funds.
“Although the marina plans to also serve boaters leasing year-round slips, the BIG program only supports that portion of the facility that will serve visiting transient, recreational boaters,” Paul VanRyzin of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program said in an emailed response to questions sent via the agency’s public information office.
Information in a press release from federal Fish and Wildlife indicated that Planning will partner with private investment groups to establish the marina.
The press release indicated the grant would fund a boating activity center as well as power and water for eligible transient boaters.” The proposed marina is said to be in the area across from the Cocoloba Shopping Center
“Another marina is also in the works in the vicinity of the Coral Bay dinghy dock. Â The land runs from Skinny Legs Restaurant to the ballfield.”
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