BELMAR — The borough is ineligible to receive an infrastructure grant that was originally anticipated to help cover repair costs for the marina’s fuel-dock refurbishment project, according to harbor commission liaison Mark Levis.
The commission members had hoped to obtain a boating infrastructure grant, consisting of both federal and state funding, to help mitigate the repair costs. The deteriorating fuel dock located in Belmar’s marina currently only has one out of three fuel dispenser pumps functioning to service the entirety of the Shark River.
However, according to Councilman Levis, because the borough had already previously applied for and received this type of grant in 2013, it cannot apply for this same grant in the same 20-year period.
“Unfortunately, apparently in 2013 we received one of these grants for the fuel dock repairs…they used it, and the effective life on those grants is about 20 years, so the boating infrastructure grant program is not going to revisit us for that grant unless we’re doing something that’s different than what we previously used those funds for,” he said at last week’s harbor commission meeting.
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