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CT Port Authority taps Stamford for $3.3 million toward its marinas

Posted on September 13, 2022

The long delayed plan to dredge the marina and channel at Cove Island Park just got a $3.1 million boost.

City officials announced this week that they will use millions in state funding to advance improvements to Stamford marinas decimated almost a decade ago by Superstorm Sandy.

The Connecticut Port Authority awarded Stamford $3.3 million in Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program monies allocated across three projects, adding to the longstanding efforts to complete the 2015 Cummings Park and West Beach Master Plan.
The bulk of the money, almost $3.1 million, will go toward dredging the marina and channel at Cove Island Park. Just over $236,000 will go toward completing a final design for and permitting work at the Cummings Park marina. Another $20,000 will fund a feasibility study to examine whether the city could add an additional boat slip to Stamford Harbor.

“As a coastal City, it is critical that we invest in our beaches and marinas, and this funding will enable us to make progress on important dredging for the Cove and Cummings marinas,” Mayor Caroline Simmons said in a statement sent to The Stamford Advocate. “(These projects) will make a difference in the quality of life in Stamford residents and my administration is committed to continue pursuing funding opportunities that will invest in our City’s infrastructure.”

The city has for years collected money from state grants to chip away at projects related to the master plan. The document details 38 different elements that will ultimately make up the larger complex. Since 2015, the city has accumulated $1.62 million from the harbor improvement grant program, excluding its newest allocations.

The master plans touch on far more than just the marinas. The city set out to complete them with consultants to address the obvious deficiencies between the two parks, which take up more than 100 acres along the Stamford coastline.

Action items like the marina repairs were geared toward fixing the wreckage of Superstorm Sandy. However, the master plan also set out to address waterfront sustainability and park usability more broadly.


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