Port Elgin Harbour to be rejuvenated

May 21, 2015

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Local residents and Councilors gathered to hear the Federal Harbour funding announcement

(L-R) Harbour Master Mark McElroy, MP Ben Lobb and Mayor Mike Smith

Ben Lobb, MP Huron-Bruce, was in Port Elgin on Thursday, May 21st (2015) to announce much-needed funding for the Port Elgin Harbour. 

On behalf of the Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries & Oceans, Lobb announced that $1Million is to be invested in a major improvement project at the Harbour.

Port Elgin Harbour is home to approximately 280 recreational vessels and, in the last 20 years, almost $500,000 has been invested on a cost-sharing basis with the Town of Saugeen Shores to provide dredging, dock and electrical repairs and other minor work.

Harbour improvement projects are undertaken in cooperation with municipalities and/or local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

The investment announced will involve rehabilitation of the west pier by encapsulating the existing structure in steel sheeting to ensure safe berths and maintain the integrity of the fueling wharf.  Construction is expected to start in 2016. 

As part of a Canada-wide infrastructure re-build, the Federal government has provided $551 million to Fisheries & Oceans Canada and the Coast Guard, of which $288 million is being used for harbour improvements at small craft harbours.

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Mayor Mike Smith
"The Harbour is one of our (Town's) greatest assets," said Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith. "It really complements our tourism industry.  We lease it from the Federal government but we plan the activities around it." 

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