“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever,” said Jacque Cousteau. Spellbound seagoers who patronize Cornet Bay have the RCFB to thank for awarding a $1,664,000 grant to the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission to fund a pier replacement project, which should improve their boating, or at least mooring experience at the most popular dock in the park.
Project information states, “…demand for moorage has increased to 6,000 guests annually as well as thousands of additional day users, indicating a need to add additional capacity,” and, “The moorage facilities were built in the 1960s and have exceeded their useful life.
Recent assessments determined that they needed to be replaced before they were considered unsafe and closed to public use….State Parks will replace the pedestrian access pier, gangway ramp, pilings, and moorage floats and build 384 linear feet of new moorage,” “The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is motorized boating.” The contract agreement shows the end date as December 2018, with work slated to begin 31 July 2017 and end 30 September 2018.
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