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Upper James Street Dock Closed Indefinitely ??
Posted Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:14:44 AM     Alexandria Bay, NY 1000 Islands

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We have a crisis of sorts going on right now in Alexandria Bay.

The foundation of the Upper James Street Dock is in ruins and the entire dock has been declared unsafe until further notice.

As most of you realize Alexandria Bay is a huge boating destination so this is a pretty big deal. It could destroy downtown commerce and further alienate boaters that are constantly given the impression that they are not wanted here.

"This is in my opinion largely due to having a Mayor and Village Board over the last few years that have neglected, mismanaged, and ignored one of the most important places in our village, the main dock.."

So, can the village come up with the money and the permits neccessary to get the dock back in shape before this year's boating season?

Watch the video I took yesterday where I walk the length of the dock. You really can't get a feel for how bad this actually is until you see it.

The video below has been viewed over 1200 times..

The village is in such deep 'doo doo' over this that it was necessary to have a meeting on friday at the docks with Senator Aubertine, Assemblywoman Russell, and North Coast Engineers to discuss things.

For much coverage and pictures of that head on over to the Abay Circus site..

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Info below sent in by Mike Williams..

Has anyone looked into NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation grants.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service has a grant program for boating infrastructure.

IfAlso, they may be some ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus funds still available.

Federally Funded Programs

Land and Water Conservation Fund Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A matching grant program for the acquisition, development and/or rehabilitation of outdoor park and recreation facilities. Funds are available to municipal public agencies and Indian tribal governments. Funded projects must reflect the priorities established in SCORP and be available to the general public. Source of funds: The National Park Service.

Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A program of the Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

State Funded Programs

Environmental Protection Fund:

Parks Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A matching grant program for the acquisition or development of parks and recreational facilities for projects to preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures for park, recreation or conservation purposes. Funds may be awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest, for indoor or outdoor projects and must reflect the priorities established in the NY Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).


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