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Grants available to repair marinas
staff report
Posted September 10, 2005

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is taking applications for grants to marina owners whose property was damaged by last year's four hurricances.

The funding is designed to help rebuild publicly or privately owned marinas that provide public access to Florida waterways. The money can go for repair to structures or equipment, to remove debris or reimburse insurance deductibles.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

The marina must be in a county declared an emergency area in 2004.

Damages must have occurred during hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan or Jeanne.

90 percent of the marina's in-water and dry-stack slips must be available to the public with no qualifying requirements such as club memberships.

The marina must agree to continue providing public access for five years.

The grant program was authorized by the state Legislature last spring, and took effect July 1. It took the months since then for the agency to establish guidelines and policies for the program.

The FWC will be taking grant applications through Oct. 31. They are available online at www.myfwc.com or by e-mail at marinas@myfwc.com.

More information is available by calling the FWC at 850-488-5600 or the Marine Industries Association of Florida at 305-663-1911.





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