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West Ocean City Harbor Receives National Recognition for Boating Access

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West Ocean City Harbor after the renovations. Photo: Maryland DNR West Ocean City Harbor after the renovations. Photo: Maryland DNR
 WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - After undergoing major renovations in 2011, the West Ocean City Harbor, which provides boating access to the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland's Coastal Bays, earned the national Outstanding Large Project Award, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 
The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the award last week to project partners, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Worcester County, at its annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

DNR says the completely renovated facility has a six-lane boat ramp, two ADA-compliant aluminum floating piers and a 73-foot vinyl sheet bulkhead. It also features a repaved 153-space parking lot. DNR says the makeover was critical, as the facility was originally constructed in the mid 1970s and last remodeled in 1988. Owned and operated by the county, DNR says the site is free to use, open year-round, and serves 100-150 boats per day during the summer.

"On behalf of DNR, congratulations to John Tustin, the Director of Public Works for Worcester County, for undertaking what is now a nationally-recognized boating access project," said Mark O'Malley, DNR director of Boating Services. "Because of his hard work and leadership, this facility will serve boaters for many years to come."  

"Worcester County would like to thank SOBA for this award, but we could not have done it without the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and DNR," said Tustin. "This project clearly demonstrates that good things can happen when federal, state and local governments work together."  

For nearly a decade, SOBA has annually recognized outstanding achievements in boating access, including individuals, agencies and organizations.

DNR says the total cost for the project was $580,376, provided by the federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund and the Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund. DNR says the funds are derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels, and from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland, respectively.

Since its inception in 1966, the state's Waterway Improvement Fund has provided $300 million for 4,500 projects at more than 300 public boating access sites statewide.


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