The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded more than $7.5 million to Texas for repair and replacement work at Port Arthur's Pleasure Island Marina in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
The storm surge from Ike damaged the marina, and the money will help restore docks at the marina to their pre-storm condition, function and capacity; it will also replace 299 boat slips among the eight docks.
“We are committed to helping Texas recover from this devastating storm,” FEMA Region 6 administrator Tony Russell said in a statement. “These grants will assist the state in its efforts to get the marina and community back on the road to recovery.”
FEMA’s public assistance program funds represent the federal government’s 90 percent share of the estimated $8.3 million project. FEMA awards funds for projects to Texas; the state forwards the grant to the applicant.