Beaufort earns grant for upgrades to marina

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A second federal grant earned by Beaufort will help pay to continue renovations and upgrades to the popular Downtown Marina at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The Boat Infrastructure Grant (BIG) is for $186,184. The total estimated cost of the project is $304,165. The city committed to a local match of $82,981, part of which will apply to an upgrade of the marina’s fire suppression system that isn’t covered by the grant but is needed, Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said.

In addition to the federal grant and city contribution, the company that manages the marina, Griffin Enterprises, committed a local match of $25,000 and Beaufort County committed $10,000.

The new grant is in addition to the one currently being used to improve Beaufort’s transient boat docks and to install a new mooring field.