The Town of Port Deposit and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services have finished installing a new floating dock on the Susquehanna River at Marina Park in Cecil County. The dock provides slips for boats 26 feet and longer, affording visiting boaters easy access to this historic tourist destination.
“Port Deposit is very excited that this project has come to fruition,” said Mayor Wayne Tome. “We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of DNR Boating Services. All of our Council Members and residents are extremely grateful and proud of our new docks.”
The dock, installed using steel piles, is 300 feet long, 6 feet wide and can accommodate up to 20 boats. The project also features an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible gangway with railings and a gate.
The total cost of the project was $253,790, with $100,000 provided through Federal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant funds and $153,790 through State Waterway Improvement Funds. The Federal Sport Fish Restoration fund is derived from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. This user-pay, user-benefit program assists in funding public recreational motor boating projects. The revenue from the State Waterway Improvement Fund comes from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when someone purchases and titles a boat in Maryland.