St. Augustine kayak launch, police boat purchase delayed

City of St. Augustine officials plan to delay the construction of a kayak launch in Lincolnville and the purchase of a police boat, city General Services Director Jim Piggott said.

 

The city instead plans to put $150,000 of St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach District grant money, which had been dedicated to those projects, toward repairing the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, Piggott said. The plan has received approval from the port district, he said.

The City Commission can decide Monday whether to approve the shift of funds.

The city plans to apply again for grant money from the port district for those projects next year, Piggott said. The grants provided the rest of the funding needed for those projects after the city received grants from The Florida Inland Navigation District. The city can apply to FIND for more time to use those funds if needed, he said.

Piggott said the kayak launch could be finished in summer 2019 instead of summer 2018 as had been expected.

The marina sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Irma and needs about $2.5 million in repairs, Piggott said.

The marina is up and running, just not at full capacity, and the city is preparing to search for and select a contractor for repairs, he said.

 

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