March 10, 2006
DBW Awards Grant to City of Antioch
SACRAMENTO –The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) today announced that the Antioch Marina will receive a $100,000 National Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG). The funds will be used to upgrade the Contra Costa County marina’s fueling system and replace an existing 100 foot long day use guest dock. The City of Antioch is contributing $34,000 to the marina’s project.
“California is very fortunate to obtain these federal funds for needed transient boating facilities. The proposed day-use docks at Antioch will help the city’s economy by allowing visiting boaters to recreate and enjoy the Antioch waterfront area,” said DBW Director Ray Tsuneyoshi. “California’s boating population is predicted to increase two percent per year over the next 20 years and funds are needed for boating infrastructure to keep up with that pace.”
BIG provides funds to states to install or upgrade visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26 feet long or more. Each state selects a recipient of a $100,000 Tier I BIG grant provided by the federal government to improve recreational opportunities and safe harbors for transient boaters. Project categories eligible for the program include the renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways, and dockside utility hookups. The grant program is open to all marinas that provide public access.
DBW awards Tier I funds through a competitive process using the same point system as the federal government.
“Antioch Marina’s combination of a clear, concise presentation and the project’s demonstrated public benefit were the biggest factors in being selected for the grant,” said Kevin Atkinson, a DBW infrastructure grants administrator.
Roughly $4 million remains available nationally in Tier II BIG funding. Each state has collected and submitted applications for this program to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for scoring and ranking. The national awards will be announced in the Spring of 2006.
The Department of Boating and Waterways enhances public access to the waterways and promotes on-the-water safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.
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