County Executive Leopold Hopes Completed Dredging Projects Will Spur Increased Boat Sales
DPW Recently Completed Busiest Year on Record
Annapolis (April 14, 2010) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Works for completing the busiest dredging season on record and encouraged beneficiaries to buy boats this summer.
"This outstanding effort by true public servants will greatly improve the struggling maritime industry," County Executive Leopold said. "Not only will recreational boaters be able to get out from their docks again, but marinas will prosper by added slip leases and boat sales should increase. This work will increase the tax base, enhance the local economy and hopefully spur boat sales. Proceeds from the State’s Boat Excise Tax go directly toward future dredging projects."
From November 2008 through March 15, 2010, the Department of Public Works managed the completion of a record eight projects, including Broadwater Creek, Carr’s Creek, Town Point Cove, Main Creek, Locust Cove, Mill Creek entrance, Brady Cove and Old Glory Cove. The eight projects also account for the most amount of dredge material ever pumped from local coves, main channels to and from marinas and associated spurs.
The amount of dredge material pumped from just Broadwater and Carr’s and associated spurs totaled 54,000 cubic yards. To accommodate the record amount of dredge material pumped from the water during these projects, the County also rehabilitated the Town Point and Idlewilde Dredge Material Placement sites to create adequate capacity. And as the local sponsor for the Rockhold Creek Federal Channel project performed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Public Works rehabilitated the Herrington Harbor dredge site to accommodate 20,000 cubic yards of capacity.